About the program

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program aims to reduce illness and death from bowel cancer through early detection or prevention of the disease.

Page last updated: 17 November 2016

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program sends eligible men and women a free, easy to use screening kit that can be completed at home. Invitees' names are drawn from either the Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs enrolment records.

The table below shows at what age people will be invited as the Program moves towards 2 yearly screening.

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

Check the eligibility tool to see when you will receive your free kit.

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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