Tragically, bowel cancer claims the lives of around 100 Australians every week. If you or one of your loved ones is aged 50 or over, you're at higher risk of bowel cancer.
The good news is that, if found early, 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated. This is why screening is so important.
If you're aged between 50 and 74, you will receive a free home testing kit in the mail every two years from the Government.
If you don't receive a kit, it's best to call the call the National Cancer Screening Register on 1800 627 701 to find out when your test will arrive.
The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program has expanded to introduce a two-yearly screening interval.
From 2020, all eligible people between 50 and 74 years of age will be offered free screening every two years. For more information, visit the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program website.
The upper age of 74 years is in keeping with the recommendations of the National Health and Medical Research Council approved guidelines which consider the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and the overall balance of benefits to risk of harm associated with screening. However talk to your doctor if you're experiencing symptoms or are worried about your risk of developing bowel cancer.