Aussies love to win! We pride ourselves in our sporting achievements, be it our team making the finals for the 6th year in a row, or telling stories of our own sporting glory days.
Unfortunately, Australia is also close to leading the field in something that we should definitely not be proud of, bowel cancer. We have one of the highest rates in the world, with one in thirteen Aussies receiving a diagnosis each year. Over half of those diagnosed are males.
December is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, a great time to think about our ‘gut health’, and to start watching out for any changes in your bowel habits. Any changes that persist for more than two weeks should necessitate a visit to your GP.
In Australia, around 25% of people diagnosed with bowel cancer have a family history of the disease, so knowing your medical predisposition is a great tool to start with.
GTL’s Personal Genome Analysis will reveal your susceptibility to several common diseases and how to reduce your risk of developing them as well as your response to a number of commonly prescribed medications. You can also learn about some genetically determined physical characteristics and talents, such as lactose and caffeine metabolism and pain sensitivity. The Personal Genome Analysis assesses over 130 genetic variations in more than 110 different genes.
Having as much knowledge about your health future is an important start to living and maintaining a long and healthy life. GTL has a wide range of genetic tests that can assist you in making proactive lifestyle, health and diet decisions based on the results that you receive.
As well as providing world class genetic testing for bowel cancer, GTL is also a proud supporter of Decembeard, Bowel Cancer Australia’s fundraising event that runs for the month of, you guessed it, December!
Drop your razor, throw out the shaving cream and grow a beard to raise much needed funds for bowel cancer research. The ladies aren’t left out, and can don a fake beard, or host a beard-themed event to help raise much needed funds for research. You can sign up, donate, or sponsor a hairy-faced friend right now!
You can be a gold medal contender in your own life, with the help of GTL’s Personal Genome Analysis. Easy, quick, professional, scientific results to help you maintain and manage your health.