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Bowel cancer screening

Bowel cancer is a major cause of cancer related death for both men and women, with around 100 Australians dying from the disease every week. The good news is, if detected early, 9 out of 10 cases can be successfully treated.

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) posts a free test kit to eligible men and women aged 50-74 years to test for early signs of bowel cancer. Australians aged between 50 and 74 years are invited to screen every two years. Screening saves up to 500 lives annually, and significantly reduces the burden of bowel cancer on Australians and their families.

Colonoscopy referrals

For clinicians referring patients who have received a positive iFOBT result from the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP).

Contacts for bowel cancer screening

State and national program contacts, and details for GE Nurse Coordinators and Health Promotion Officers involved in bowel cancer screening programs.

Last updated: 12 May 2021