Thank you Mr Speaker.
My question is to the Premier in his capacity as Minister for Health.
Premier as you would be aware, Tasmania has the highest incidence of bowel cancer in Australia.
Bowel cancer is also the second most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men and women in Tasmania. Thankfully over 90% of bowel cancer cases can be successfully treated if detected early, and many people recover to lead long and fulfilling lives.
The National Bowel Cancer Screening program offers a free screening where a test is offered to those aged between 50 and 74 every 2 years. Pleasingly, Tasmanian participation in the program is the highest in the country at 49%.
However, my concerns are for those Tasmanians aged between 45 and 50.
A 45-year old today has the same bowel cancer risk a 50-year-old had 10 years ago and Bowel Cancer Australia recognises lowering screening guidelines as a step forward to address the rise in young-onset bowel cancer.
Premier, will you help save Tasmanian’s lives and implement a free bowel cancer testing program for Tasmanians aged between 45 and 50.