National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

About the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) began in 2006. It aims to reduce morbidity and mortality from bowel cancer by actively recruiting and screening the eligible target population 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 and roll-out, (with all age groups included) was completed from 1 January, 2019. Eligible Australians in the target age group are sent a free immunochemical faecal occult blood test (iFOBT) and are invited to screen every 2 years. To participate, invitees complete the screening test, and post it to the NBCSP pathology laboratory for analysis.