AIHW Board AIHW senior staff Annual report Capability statement Collaboration Customer care charter FOI - freedom of information Indexed list of files Organisation chart Presentations Privacy of data Public consultation Public Interest Disclosure Strategic Directions 2011-2014 Tenders
By category Ageing, disability & carers Families & children Hospitals Housing & homelessness Indigenous Australians Population groups Risk factors, diseases & death Services, workforce & spending
By subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular health Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases
Chronic kidney disease Chronic respiratory conditions COPD Deaths Dementia Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Injury Life expectancy
Male health Mental health Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Data Publications Contact AIHW
Publications CatalogueOrdering publicationsForthcoming publicationsOnline reportsRate our publication effectivenessSubscribe to release notices
By subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular health Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases Chronic kidney disease
Chronic respiratory conditions Corporate publications Data linkage Data standards Deaths Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition General practice Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Indigenous housing
Injury Life expectancy Male health Mental health services Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Subjects Data Contact AIHW
About AIHW data METeOR—metadata online registry Data by subject Catalogue of holdings of AIHW data Customised data analysis request Data governance framework Data linking Data standards GovHack Privacy of data Accessing Australian Government health and welfare data
By subject Adoptions Aged care Alcohol and other drugs Alcohol data sources Body weight data sources Cancer Children's headline indicators (CHI) Chronic disease indicators Data sources for monitoring health conditionsDeaths Disability
Expenditure FHBH - Fixing houses for better health General practice (GP) data Height and weight data sources Hospitals Indigenous Australians International collaboration Maternity Information Matrix (MIM) Medical indemnity
Mental health National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse National core maternity indicators (NCMI) National indicator catalogue Perinatal data Risk factors statistics Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) Tobacco data sources Workforce
In other sections Subjects Publications Contact AIHW
AACR ACFADD AHSAC AIHW Board AIHW Ethics Committee AODTS NMDS WG CKDMAC CMAG CSDWG CVDMAC HEAC HHIMG
IGIHM JJ RIG MHISSC NAGATSIHID NCIAG NCSIMG NDDWG NDIMG NHISSC NIAG NIRAPIMG NMDD
NMDS NMHPSC NOPSAD NPDDC NPHEP NPHIC PCDWG PDWG PHIDG PHIG REDWG Workforce committees YIAG
Education worksheets Infographics What's in the pipeline Subscribe to education notices Other educational links
Worksheets by subject All Latest Ageing Australia's health Australia's welfare Carers
Children & youth Disability Disease Drugs
Health Health prevention Indigenous Australians Injury
In other sections Subjects Data Publications Contact AIHW
Job vacancies How to apply for a position at the AIHW Conditions of employment Benefits of working for the AIHW Temporary employment register Occupational Training Program Contact the People Unit Graduates
AIHW Access magazine Media releases Subscribe to release notices Media FAQ Media contacts
You are here:
Although evidence shows bowel cancer screening saves lives, Australians were less likely to take up their invitation to screen in the Australian Government's free National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) in 2011-12 compared to the previous 3 years, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The report, National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: July 2011-June 2012 monitoring report, shows that about 35% of the 930,000 people invited to take part in the NBCSP between July 2011 and June 2012 returned a completed bowel cancer screening test for analysis.
'This participation rate is slightly lower than the 38% we recorded in our previous monitoring report, which covered those invited to screen from July 2008 to June 2011,' said AIHW spokesperson Lisa McGlynn
'The decline was seen across all three target age groups (50, 55 and 65 year olds).'
The screening test aims to detect early signs of bowel abnormalities that require further medical assessment. About 22,500 participants (7%) who returned a completed screening test were encouraged to visit their primary health care practitioner for such an assessment. Of these, 72% were recorded as having had a follow-up colonoscopy to investigate the screening finding-a slightly higher rate of colonoscopy than recorded in the previous report.
One in 32 people who had a colonoscopy were diagnosed with a confirmed or suspected cancer (404 participants), and advanced adenomas (benign growths that have the potential to become cancerous) were found in a further 857 participants.
'As in previous years, women were more likely to screen than men, despite men having higher rates of bowel cancers, and higher overall bowel cancer incidence and mortality,' Ms McGlynn said.
Additionally, screening test results from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people who lived in Regional and Remote regions, and people who lived in areas of lower socioeconomic status, indicated they were more likely to require further assessment, yet these people had lower rates of follow-up colonoscopies.
The NBCSP aims to reduce the number of cases of bowel cancer and related deaths in Australia through screening to detect cancers and pre-cancerous lesions in their early stages, when treatment is most effective.
From July 2013, the program is being expanded to add those turning 60 to the existing target ages.
The AIHW is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare.
Canberra, 9 July 2013
Further information: Lisa McGlynn, tel. (02) 6244 1168, mob. 0408 204 164
Full report: National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: July 2011-June 2012 monitoring report