Each year around 400 Gold Coast residents are diagnosed with bowel cancer, one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers and the second highest cause of cancer-related deaths in Australia.
To reduce the number of people being impacted by this disease, the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program sends out free bowel screening tests to eligible people aged 50 to 74, every two years. The test is sent directly to a person’s Medicare-registered address and can be completed at home in private.
The bowel screening test can help check for early signs of bowel cancer or pre-cancerous growths before symptoms develop. If found early, bowel cancer is one of the most treatable cancers. Many lives are saved each year due to regular bowel screening.
When the free bowel screening test arrives in the mail, don’t delay, do the test as soon as possible. Importantly, the tests have an expiry date, which can be found on the back of the test kit.
If your test was thrown away, misplaced, or has expired, a free replacement test can be requested by phoning 1800 627 701.
If you have a family history of bowel cancer or have noticed any unusual bowel symptoms, check with your doctor if the screening test is right for you. For more information on the free bowel test that could save your life visit health.gov.au/nbcsp.
Watch GCPHN Primary Sense team show how Primary Sense can assist practices Identify patients without evidence of bowel and/or breast cancer screening.
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