Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Victoria, and the second most common cause of cancer death. In 2017, 3,910 Victorians were diagnosed with bowel cancer and 1,310 died of the disease.
More than ninety per cent of bowel cancers can be successfully treated if found early.
National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program invites eligible people aged 50 to 74 to screen for bowel cancer using a free, simple test at home every two years.
To find out if your eligible and for more information and resources see the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program .
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for the implementation of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program in Victoria, including timely access to colonoscopy for public patients, delivery of the Participant Follow-up Function, facilitating research and education for health professionals, and initiatives to improve community awareness and participation in screening.