About the program

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program aims to reduce illness and death from bowel cancer through early detection or prevention of the disease.

Page last updated: 17 November 2016

The NBCSP is inviting eligible people aged between 50 and 74 years to screen for bowel cancer. Participants are sent a free, clean, easy to use test kit to complete at home.

To be invited to take part in the Program, your name will be been drawn from either Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs enrolment records. By the time the Program is fully implemented in 2020, two-yearly screening will be offered to all eligible people aged 50-74.

As part of the phasing in of the Program, the following age groups are being invited to participate:

2017
50, 54, 55, 58, 60, 64, 68, 70, 72 and 74
2018
50, 54, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70, 72 and 74
2019
50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70, 72 and 74

By 2020, all eligible aged between 50 and 74 years of age (around four million Australians) will be invited to screen each year. This could save up to 500 lives annually, and significantly reduce the burden of bowel cancer on Australians and their families.

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