National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

Bowel screening can make a big difference to the chances of surviving bowel cancer, which can develop without any obvious signs or symptoms. Bowel cancer can be treated successfully if it's found early and there is a simple test you can do to find bowel changes.

If you are aged 50 to 74, you will receive a free bowel screening kit from the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) in the mail, every two years. When you receive your kit, it is important to do the test, even if you feel well. This test picks up tiny amounts of blood in the bowel motion (poo) which may be a sign that a cancer is developing in the bowel.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have considerably lower participation rates in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. You can find out more at: www.indigenousbowelscreen.com.au


Here are some short videos about getting a bowel screen.