National Bowel Cancer Screening Register

The register stores your bowel cancer screening test results if you've participated in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

The program aims to detect cancer early and reduce cancer related deaths.

We administer the register and issue invitation kits, reminder letters and keep a record of your results.

Eligibility

You're eligible for the bowel cancer screening test if you:

  • are aged 50, 55, 60, 64, 65, 70, 72 and 74 years, and
  • have a Medicare card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card

Other age groups will be added with time so that by 2020, all Australians aged between 50 and 74 will be eligible for screening every 2 years.

Year Eligibility ages
2016 50, 55, 60, 64, 65, 70, 72 and 74
2017 50, 54, 55, 58, 60, 64, 68, 70, 72 and 74
2018 50, 54, 58, 60, 62, 64, 68, 70, 72 and 74
2019 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70, 72, and 74

Bowel cancer testing

If you're eligible, we'll send you information on the program that includes a Faecal Occult Blood Test to complete.

Testing is simple and can be done in the privacy of your home. Once completed, use the reply paid envelope to send your samples to the program pathology laboratory for analysis.

You and your nominated health professional will get your test results. If your results are positive, you'll be asked to see your health professional, who may refer you for more tests.

More information

Read more on the Department of Health National Bowel Cancer Screening Program website.

Page last updated: 5 September 2016