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National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

A hand holding a home test kit for the national bowel cancer screening program

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) aims for early detection and prevention of bowel cancer to reduce the number of Australians who die each year from the disease. Every two years all eligible Australians aged between 50 and 74 years are mailed a bowel cancer screening kit containing an immunochemical Faecal Occult Blood Test (iFOBT). The Program is consistent with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) clinical guidelines which recommend screening every two years from age 50 to 74.

While bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting men and women, if found early it is one of the most treatable cancers .

National Cancer Screening Register

How the NCSR implements the NBCSP for Queenslanders.

Roles supporting the NBCSP

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program supports in Queensland.

Last updated: 16 May 2023

Need a replacement?

Get in touch with the National Cancer Screening Register to order a replacement bowel test kit.

Update your details

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program allows you manage your participation.

Resources and publications

Videos are now available to help support patients and answer their questions about screening:

Free printed and promotional resources are available from the Queensland Department of Health.
Request from your local health promotion officer ❯

General public and health sector resources as well as resources translated to other languages are also available.
View the National Bowel Cancer Screening resource library ❯