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This report presents statistics on the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) using key performance indicators. Of those who were invited to participate in the NBCSP between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2015, 39% undertook screening. For those screened in 2015, 8% had a positive result warranting further assessment. One in 29 participants who underwent a follow-up diagnostic assessment was diagnosed with a confirmed or suspected cancer.
The median time from positive screening test result to diagnostic assessment was 53 days
In 2015, about 41,000 Australians returned a positive screening test, giving an 8% screening positivity rate
76% of people who had participated in an earlier invitation round and received a subsequent invitation re-participated
For participants who had a diagnostic assessment in 2015, 1 in 8 were diagnosed with an adenoma
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