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Aussies encouraged to take the test this Red Apple Day

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Australians are being encouraged to test for our second deadliest cancer this Red Apple Awareness Day.

More than 15,000 Australians are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year, with one in 13 people developing the disease at some stage in their life.

Red Apple Day encourages everyone to support the work of Bowel Cancer Australia by taking part in apple-themed fundraising activities.

We’re also being urged to do the free bowel cancer test, which is sent to all Australians aged 50 to 74, every two years.

Bowel Cancer Screening Program Manager Christopher Horn tells Alan Jones 93 per cent of cases are diagnosed in those over the age of 50.

“Everyone needs to be doing the test, and everyone should be really looking at doing that test if they’re over the age of 50.”

Click PLAY below to hear the full interview

But, Bowel Cancer doesn’t just affect older Australians.

Our very own Erin Molan has become a huge advocate for younger people to get checked after her sister was diagnosed at just 27 years of age.

CLICK HERE for more information on how to take the test