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    12   BOWEL CANCER

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Ms Hall—That this House:

(1)    notes that:

(a)    Wednesday 19 June 2013 is Red Aussie Apple Day, part of the month-long national campaign throughout June to raise awareness of bowel cancer;

(b)   more than 14,000 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer this year;

(c)    bowel cancer is Australia’s second biggest killer after lung cancer, claiming the lives of 77 Australians every week; and

(d)   bowel cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer when detected early;

(2)    recognises that:

(a)    bowel cancer can develop without any early warning signs;

(b)   if bowel cancer is detected before it has spread beyond the bowel, there is a 90 per cent chance of surviving more than five years;

(c)    regular screening every two years for people aged 50 and over can reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer by up to 33 per cent; and

(d)   more than 12,000 suspected or confirmed cancers will be detected through free screening, saving between 300 and 500 lives each year;

(3)    commends the Government for its four year commitment to provide an extra $49.7 million boost to the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program; and

(4)    encourages Members to continue support efforts to raise awareness of the importance of early detection as well as the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer ( see item No. 4, Votes and Proceedings )—

Debate resumed.

Debate adjourned, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next meeting.