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Bowel screening saves lives

Aged 50–74?
Don't take the risk. Take the test.

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Bowel cancer

Meet Laurie

If Laurie hadn’t done the free bowel screening test, he would have been dead by now. He was only 52, but the cancer could have spread quickly based on where it was located and there would have been nothing the doctors could have done to save him.

That one simple choice to do the test changed his life forever.

Don’t risk your life, do the bowel screening test as soon as you get it.

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General bowel information

Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the second biggest cause of cancer death in Australia.

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National Bowel Cancer Screening Program free home test kit

About the bowel screening test

The bowel screening test is delivered every 2 years in the  mail. It's free, simple and easy to follow and can save your life.

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Laurie with his family

What to do with your results

Once you've completed your bowel screening test, here's what happens next.

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Resources for health professionals

Access resources and training to ensure your patients reduce their risk of bowel cancer.

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What to expect

A free home test kit

Your free test kit contains:

When you get your bowel screening test kit, open it and take a look inside!

Your test kit will have:

Test kit contents

The test is easy and simple to do and only has a few steps. Once you have filled in your participant details form, it takes two trips to the toilet to collect two poo samples, no bigger than the size of a grain of rice. Once you have done these steps, you are ready to send it off in your reply post envelope.

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About the screening test

Change to the eligible age for bowel screening

The National Health and Medical Research Council recently approved updates to the Clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, early detection, and management of colorectal cancer. Updates include a recommendation to lower the entry age for population bowel cancer screening from 50 to 45. 

From 1 July 2024 people aged 45 to 49 will be eligible to screen with the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and access a free screening test kit every two years.

Eligible people aged 45 to 49 will be able to join the program by requesting their first bowel screen kit at www.ncsr.gov.au/boweltest or by calling the National Cancer Screening Register on 1800 627 701.

All eligible people aged 45 to 74 can also ask their doctor about getting a free test kit.

People aged 50 to 74 will continue to receive a bowel cancer screening kit in the mail every two years.

To learn more visit National Bowel Cancer Screening Program | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Send yourself a reminder

Ready to complete your bowel screening test? If you’re aged 50-74, sign up for a text message or email reminder, to ensure you don’t forget.

Once signed up, you’ll receive a confirmation email and three reminder messages. If you didn’t get a test kit, or yours is damaged, lost or expired, you can ask for another by filling out the National Cancer Screening Register’s re-order form.

Real stories from bowel cancer survivors

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Laurie's story

If Laurie hadn’t done his bowel screening test, he would be dead by now. At 52, the test saved his life.

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Helen's story

Helen felt fit and healthy when she realised she had left her bowel screening test kit so long it had expired. But something made Helen reorder a test, and this decision saved her life.

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Gordon's story

Gordon’s life had been dedicated to health, but he risked his life when he skipped his bowel screening test because he didn't have any symptoms.

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