National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) began in 2006. It aims to reduce the morbidity and mortality from bowel cancer by actively recruiting and screening the eligible target population aged 50–74 for early detection or prevention of the disease. In 2014 the Australian Government announced that the program would be expanded to offer free 2-yearly screening for all Australians aged 50–74. A staged rollout was used to ensure that health services could meet the increased demand, and this is due to be completed by 2020. Once fully rolled out, eligible Australians in the target age group will be sent a free immunochemical faecal occult blood test (iFOBT) and invited to screen every 2 years. To participate, invitees complete the screening test, and post it to the NBCSP pathology laboratory for analysis.

The latest participation data by age, sex, state and territory, PHN, Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3), and Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) are presented in the data visualisations below.

Participation by age, sex, state and territory and year

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Participation by PHN

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Participation by SA3

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Participation by SA2

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