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National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Did you know that Bowel Cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and around 80 Australia die each week. But if caught early it can be treated successfully, fewer than 40% of bowel cancers are detected early.

Bowel Cancer Screening imageAustralians turning 50, 55, 60 or 65 years of age, who hold a Medicare card or DVA card, are currently being invited to take part in the program. You will receive an invitation through the mail to complete a free simple test called a faecal occult blood test (FOBT) in the privacy of your own home and mail it to a pathology laboratory for analysis.

It is important that you complete your test so that any positive FOBT results can be followed up as soon as possible. This screening is very important as bowel cancer can develop without any early warning symptoms.
For more information regarding screening for bowel cancer, speak to your doctor or call the Cancer Helpline on 13 11 20.
Don’t forget to recommend Liverpool Day Surgery to your GP for your bowel screening Colonoscopy.
For a list of Gastroenterologist’s who can perform a screening Colonoscopy please click here to see our Doctor directory.