Bowel cancer is the most common cancer affecting both men and women in Australia. Tragically, more than 70 Australians die from bowel cancer every week, yet if found early more than 90% of cases can be cured.
Cancer Council recommends screening for bowel cancer every two years from the age of 50. Screening involves doing a simple at-home faecal occult blood test (FOBT) that can find signs of bowel cancer when no other symptoms are present.
Those turning 50, 54, 55, 58, 60, 64, 68, 70, 72 or 74 will receive a free FOBT in the mail as part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. If you're 50 or over but not one of these ages, and you're a Victorian resident, you can order an FOBT direct from Cancer Council Victoria.
Tests are $26. Please be aware this offer is only available to Victorian residents. If you're from another state or territory, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist about screening.