Bowel Screening

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Bowel cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. Australia has one of the highest incidences of bowel cancer in the world.


How bowel cancer screening works

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program offers free bowel screening to Australian men and women aged 50 to 74 years.

A screening test known as a 'Faecal Occult Blood Test' is used to collect samples of bowel motions (poo), which are then analysed to detect tiny traces of blood that are invisible to the naked eye.

The screening test looks for the presence of blood, which may be an indication of bowel cancer. A further test, a colonoscopy, is needed to determine if bowel cancer is present.

If you have any symptoms such as blood in your poo, or have a family history of bowel cancer, you should speak with your GP promptly.