National Bowel Cancer Screening Program


In April 2015 year the Australian Government expanded the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) - a move that could save up to 500 lives each year.

Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in Australia and around 80 Australians die from the disease every week. The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP), which was introduced in 2006, is helping to save lives every day.

The program offers free screening for bowel cancer to eligible Australians and will be expanded from 2015. The program is currently inviting men and women 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 and 74 to screen for bowel cancer. Between 2015 and 2020, more age groups will be added to the program. By 2020, all Australians aged 50-74 will be invited to screen every two years.

Under the program, eligible Australians will receive an invitation in the mail, which includes a faecal occult blood test kit and an information booklet. Completing the test is quick and easy and it can be done in the privacy of your own home. Simply follow the instructions and then return your samples in the prepaid envelope supplied.

The test is free and you’ll get your results back in a couple of weeks. If your test result is positive, you will need to contact your doctor to discuss the result and any further tests required.

For more infomration please visit the NBCSP website available here