Indigenous communities

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Bowel cancer can develop without any symptoms. If bowel cancer is found and treated early, you have a good chance of getting better.

If you’re aged between 50 and 74, you will receive a free at-home bowel cancer screening kit in the mail every two years.

When you receive your free screening kit in the mail, do it, even if you feel well. Often bowel cancer shows no symptoms, so it is important to do the test to find bowel cancer early. This simple test could save your life.

Screening kit

To find out when you will receive your test in the mail, you can check the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program website or call them on 1800 118 868.


Why you should do the test

Bowel cancer takes the lives of three Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples each week. However, if found early most bowel cancers can be treated successfully.

4 out of 5 eligible Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples may be missing out on doing the simple at-home screening kit. The test saves lives and will help keep our communities strong.

Indigenous Hip Hop Projects came together with Menzies School of Health Research and the Department of Health on Larrakia country in Darwin to make this music message about taking the bowel screening test.

You might think it’s shame, but it’s a part of life. A simple test could make it right. Take the test.


How to do the test

Screening for bowel cancer involves a simple, hygienic test that can be done at home.

This test looks for traces of blood in your poo, which could be an early sign of bowel cancer or another health condition.

It is important to see a doctor if your test result is positive so that you can get the right treatment. 

Watch this video to see how to do the test:


How to order a new test

If you’ve lost, misplaced or thrown away your test – don’t worry! People who have been invited to participate in the Program can obtain replacement kits.

To order a replacement kit, contact the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Information Line on 1800 118 868.


Resources for families and communities

Bowel cancer screening resources for families and communities are available at indigenousbowelscreen.com.au .