Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer in Australia, with around 100 people dying from the disease each week. Once you reach 50 years of age, your risk of bowel cancer increases.
Screening for bowel cancer in people who do not have any symptoms and are between 50 and 74 years helps to detect cancer early. More than 90 per cent of bowel cancers can be successfully treated if they are detected early.
The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program sends free bowel cancer screening tests in the mail to eligible people between the ages of 50 and 74 years. From 2020, all eligible people between 50 and 74 years will receive free tests every two years. Read More >