Bowel or colorectal cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men and women—but up to 90 per cent of bowel cancers can be treated effectively if found early.
All Australians aged 50 or over should have a bowel cancer screening test every two years—and you may be eligible to receive a free test kit in the mail as part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.
Australians turning 50, 54, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70, 72 or 74 years of age in 2018 can expect to receive their free test kit from the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program in the mail around the time of their birthday.
If you’re not eligible this year or haven’t received your kit, call the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Infoline on 1800 118 868 to find out when your kit will arrive.
By 2020, every Australian aged 50–74 will receive a free kit every two years from the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.
If you are concerned about your bowel health, have a family history of bowel cancer, or are experiencing symptoms, talk to your GP—no matter your age or when you last had your test.
The at-home test kit can be performed in 10 minutes by taking a sample from two bowel motions. It is quick, painless and non-invasive—no doctor’s visits, no awkward moments—and it could save your life. Call the Test Kit Helpline on 1800 930 998 if you are unsure how to do the test and they will talk you through it step by step.
So get screened, and get on with living.
For more information, visit the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program website.