Am I eligible for bowel cancer screening?

If you are aged 50–74 and eligible you will be sent a free, easy to use screening kit from the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. 

This can be completed at home and then posted back for testing.

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is currently inviting men and women turning 50, 54, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70, 72 and 74 to screen for bowel cancer.

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

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is expanding. By 2020, people aged 50–to74 will be sent a free kit in the mail every two years.

What are the bowel cancer risk factors?

The biggest single risk factor for bowel cancer is increasing age. In NSW, 93% of bowel cancers are found in people aged 50 and over.

Men and women over 50 should get checked for bowel cancer every two years.
If you are over 50 or have additional risk factors, talk to your doctor about getting screened for bowel cancer.

The risk is greater if you:

  • are aged 50 years and over
  • have had an inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn disease or ulcerative colitis
  • have previously had special types of polyps, called adenomas, in the bowel
  • have a significant family history of bowel cancer or polyps.

Find more information on hereditary bowel cancer.