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Push to encourage more people to screen for bowel cancer

August 19, 2019

Bowel cancer is our second biggest cancer killer. More than 100 Australians die each week from bowel cancer, but if found early, more than 90% of cases could be treated successfully.

Currently only 4 in 10 eligible Australians complete the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program test kit when it is sent to them in the mail. If we can increase participation to 60% by 2020 and sustain this over the next 20 years, nearly 84,000 lives can be saved.

With $10 million in funding from the Australian government, Cancer Council Australia have this year launched a nationwide media campaign to increase participation in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

As part of the campaign, Cancer Council has recently launched a new online toolkit to make it even easier for GPs and other health professionals to support their patients to screen. The toolkit includes links to order resources, helpful audit documents, and templates for sending reminder letters. The toolkit can be found online at

Further information can be found at or by contacting the Program Information Line on 1800 118 868.

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