About the program

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) aims to reduce illness and death from bowel cancer through regular screening to support early detection.

Page last updated: 02 May 2016

The NBCSP is currently inviting men and women turning 50, 55, 60, 64, 65, 70, 72 and 74 to screen for bowel cancer. Participants are sent a free, easy to use screening kit that can be completed at home.

To invite you to take part in the program, your name has been drawn from either the Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs enrolment records.

In the 2014 Budget, the Australian Government announced a further $95.9 million over four years to accelerate the introduction of two-yearly screening for all Australians aged 50 to 74. See when you will receive your free kit.

Between 2015 and 2020, more age groups will be added to the screening program:

  • 2017 – 68, 58 and 54 year olds
  • 2018 - 62 and 66 year olds
  • People aged 52 and 56 will be included from 2019 to 2020.

    By 2020, around four million Australians will be invited to screen each year, which could save up to 500 lives annually and significantly reduce the burden of bowel cancer on Australians and their families.

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