National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is a population based screening program that aims to help detect bowel cancer early and reduce the number of Australians who die each year from the disease.

The program is expanding and by 2020 all Australians aged between 50 and 74 years will be offered free screening every two years, consistent with the recommendations of the National Health and Medical Research Council. The table below shows at what age people will be invited. These people will receive a kit in the mail within 6 months of their birthday. If you have any questions about the program, please make an appointment to discuss with your Doctor.

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