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Raising awareness of FOBT

If you are aged 50 or over, Cancer Council recommends bowel cancer screening every two years using a faecal occult blood test (FOBT), a simple test that can be conducted in the privacy of your home.

We encourage Australians aged 50, 55 and 65 to participate in the government's free National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. People turning 60 this year will also be invited to join the program from 1 July this year and people turning 70 from 1 July 2015.

For Australians aged 50 and over who are not currently eligible for government program, there are alternatives.

'Let's Beat Bowel Cancer' and 'Bowel Cancer Australia' have just launched a new initiative, which offers an online option to purchase an FOBT kit. Kits can also be obtained from many pharmacies and GPs.

Cancer Council will continue to call on the government to accelerate the program's roll-out to all Australians aged 50 and over, every two years. In the meantime, we welcome efforts to raise awareness of the importance of faecal occult blood testing.

This page was last updated on: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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