Full implementation of National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

This measure is the full implementation of the two year screening of bowel cancer under the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

This measure started in 2015.

Description of the measure

This measure is the full implementation of the two year screening of bowel cancer under the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

All Australians aged 50 to 74 years will be invited to participate in bowel cancer screening every two years by 2020. Screening under the program is free.

Early detection of cancer will significantly reduce the burden of bowel cancer on Australians and their families.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

This measure will affect:

  • Australians aged 50 to 74 years who hold a Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card
  • medical practitioners and specialists.

Am I eligible for this measure?

The program will progressively be extended to cover those aged 50 to 74 years to screen for bowel cancer at two yearly intervals.

The program currently invites 50, 55, 60 and 65 year olds to screen for bowel cancer at five yearly intervals. 

When will this measure start and finish?

The phased introduction of the two year screening will start in 2015 and will be fully implemented by 2020. It is an ongoing program.

Page last updated: 15 March 2016

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