Every week in Australia, 299 people will be diagnosed with bowel cancer. While the risk of bowel cancer increases with age, the disease affects people of all ages. However, it is one of the most treatable types of cancer when detected early.

During the early stages, there may be no symptoms which is why screening is so important.

From 1 July 2024, the eligible screening age for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program will be lowered from 50 to 45.

  • Eligible people aged 45-49 can request their first bowel cancer screening test be mailed to them.
  • Eligible people aged 50-74 will continue to receive a bowel cancer screening in the mail every 2 years.

All eligible people aged 45-74 can also ask their GP about getting a screening test.

Bowel cancer risk is increased by smoking, eating an excessive amount of red meat, eating processed meats, drinking alcohol, and being overweight or obese.

If you have any of the above risk factors and would like to book an appointment with your GP,  click here or phone 8370 9777.

If you would like more information about bowel cancer, click here.