The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program aims to reduce the incidence, illness and mortality related to bowel cancer in Australia through screening to detect cancers and pre-cancerous lesions in their early stages, when treatment will be most successful.
The Program objectives are to:
- Achieve participation levels that maximise the population benefit of early detection of bowel cancer in the target population.
- Enable equitable access to the Program for men and women in the target population, irrespective of their geographic, socioeconomic, disability or cultural background, to achieve patterns of participation that mirror the general population.
- Facilitate the provision of timely, appropriate, high quality and safe diagnostic assessment services for Program participants.
- Maximise the benefits and minimise harm to individuals participating in the Program.
- Ensure the Program is cost effective and maintains high standards of program management and accountability.
- Collect and analyse data to monitor participant outcomes and evaluate Program effectiveness.