CANCER PREVENTION: Kickstart CQ member Julie Kirk with education officer for bowel cancer screening program In CQ, Debra Robson want to promote healthy living to prevent cancer.
CANCER PREVENTION: Kickstart CQ member Julie Kirk with education officer for bowel cancer screening program In CQ, Debra Robson want to promote healthy living to prevent cancer. Sharyn Oneill Rokshealth

Rockhampton pitches in for World Cancer Day yesterday

AS World Cancer Day was celebrated across the globe yesterday, Rockhampton was doing its bit to contribute to raising awareness about the disease.

Participant of the Rockhampton Regional Council Kickstart CQ program for more than a year, Julie Kirk said yesterday she joined to challenge herself and get active.

"I ended up doing a 100km walk over seven days in South Australia in September but I couldn't have done it without the help of this program," she said.

Education officer for the bowel cancer screening program in CQ, Debra Robson spoke about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle in preventing bowel cancer.

"It's a topic not many people want to talk about but we're trying to prevent these diseases and that's why we organise these things," she said.

"In our area we have terrible stats for living unhealthily so it would be good to be known for something else than that."

Information stalls including Breast Screen Queensland, Cancer Council Queensland and Medicare Local Central Queensland also attended the event on the Fitzroy Riverbank.

BOWEL CANCER FACTS

It is the most commonly diagnosed internal cancer in Australia for men and women.

One in 12 Aussies will develop the disease by 85.

For more info on the Queensland Bowel Cancer Screening Program call 1300 766 927



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