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Bowel cancer

Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world. Around one in 23 Australians will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime. If detected early, 9 in 10 cases of bowel cancer can be successfully treated. The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program aims to reduce deaths from bowel cancer through early detection of the disease.

If you’re aged 50 or over, you may have received a free test kit for bowel cancer in the mail. The Program invites eligible 50 to 74 year olds by mail to complete a bowel cancer screening kit at home, and mail it for analysis. From 2019, screening will be offered every two years to all Australians within this age bracket.

You can check when you will be eligible for a bowel cancer screening kit here.

A new bowel cancer screening kit was introduced in January 2018, however the process of using the kit remains very similar. The information booklet that is provided with the bowel cancer screening kit can be accessed here.

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