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The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) invites eligible Australians aged 50-74 to screen for bowel cancer using a simple at-home test called an immunochemical faecal occult blood test (iFOBT). The iFOBT looks for tiny amounts of blood in poo which may (or may not) be a sign of cancer. A bowel cancer screening kit is sent to the home address of eligible Australians every two years once they turn 50 years old.

The risk of developing bowel cancer (also known as colorectal cancer) increases with age and is most common in people aged 50 years or older. If you have a strong family history or an increased risk of bowel cancer, ask your GP whether you need to have more regular tests and if you should start screening at an earlier age.

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