The Australian Government introduced the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program as a national initiative to reduce the burden of bowel cancer in Australia.
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The Australian Government introduced the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program as a national initiative to reduce the number of deaths from bowel cancer in Australia.
Both men and women are at risk of developing bowel cancer. This risk increases every year from around 50 years of age, which is why it's important to participate in regular screening from age 50 onwards.
Screening is a way of testing for a disease when no symptoms are present. Regular screening is important because bowel cancer develops slowly and usually without any early warning signs.
A bowel screening kit is used to detect bleeding from your lower bowel, which is often not visible. The test is completed in the privacy of your home and returned in the mail for processing.
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