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  • Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer in Australia.
  • More than ninety per cent of bowel cancers can be successfully treated if they are found early.
  • For most people, screening for bowel cancer involves a simple, at-home screening test. 
  • The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) sends free tests in the mail to people aged 50 – 74, every two years.
  • The NBCSP bowel cancer screening test kit looks for traces of blood in the bowel movement which could be a sign of bowel cancer.
  • Participation in the NBCSP is the most effective way people aged 50–74 can prevent bowel cancer.  

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Reviewed on: 07-08-2019