National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

September 6 2017

Bowel Cancer is Australia’s number 2 cause of cancer deaths, so don’t ignore number 2!

It is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in Australia and around 80 Australians die from the disease every week.

Bowel cancer develops in the wall or lining of the colon. It begins when cells grow too quickly, forming a clump known as a polyp or adenoma. Most are benign (non-cancerous), but over several years, some can become cancerous. If left untreated, the cancer can spread to other areas of the body.

If caught early, up to 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated. The risk of bowel cancer increases with age and if you’re over 50 your risk increases significantly.

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) invites eligible people aged 50 – 74 to screen for bowel cancer using a free, simple test at home.  The NBCSP aims to continue to reduce deaths from bowel cancer through early detection of the disease.

If you’re aged 50-74 and eligible you’ll be sent a free bowel cancer screening kit. Everything you need to know about the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is here. It’s a gift that could save your life. See when you will receive your free kit: Age Eligibility by Year of Birth handout.

Otherwise, if you’re experiencing any symptoms or have concerns about your bowel health, call to schedule an appointment with one of our General Practitioners as soon as possible at 03 5229 5192 (Myers Street Family Medical Practice) or 03 5241 6129 (The Cottage Medical Centre).

For more information about Bowel Cancer, visit the NBCSP page.