A simple free test could save your life

Information about bowel cancer and the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

Page last updated: 22 September 2017 (this page is generated automatically and reflects updates to other content within the website)

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A simple, free test could save your life.

Some people find it hard to talk about cancer – even harder when it’s bowel cancer. But talking about it with your doctor, family, loved ones and trusted friends could save your life.

The good news is that if detected early, bowel cancer can be successfully treated. The other good news is that the Australian Government has a free screening program that enables you to do your own test for bowel cancer.

In the year you turn 50, 55, 60, 64, 65, 70, 72 or 74, the Government will send to you by mail your free screening test kit. There are a number of steps in the testing process, but you can complete the first stage of the test in the privacy of your home.

Want to know more?

Go to the Cancer Screening website for details of the program in your language.

If you would prefer to speak with an interpreter, please call 13 14 50 and ask them to telephone the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Information Line on 1800 118 868.

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

Australian Government
Department of Health