National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

In 2016–2017:

  • More than 4.1 million people aged 50–74 were invited to participate in the NBCSP. Of these:
    • almost 1.7 million people participated in the NBCSP—a rate of 41%.
    • women (43%) had higher participation than men (39%).
  • For Australia, and across all jurisdictions, participation rates were highest for people aged 70–74, ranging from 36% in the Northern Territory to 59% in South Australia and Tasmania. People aged 70–74 also had the highest participation rates in 2015–2016 and 2014–2015.

Explore the latest participation data by age, sex, state and territory, PHN, Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3), and Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) in the data visualisations below.

About the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) began in 2006. It aims to reduce morbidity and mortality from bowel cancer by actively recruiting and screening the eligible target population for early detection or prevention of the disease. In 2014, the Australian Government announced that the program would be expanded to offer free 2-yearly screening for all Australians aged 50–74. The program is still being phased in, with all age groups to be included by 2020. Eligible Australians in the target age group are sent a free immunochemical faecal occult blood test (iFOBT) and are invited to screen every 2 years. To participate, invitees complete the screening test, and post it to the NBCSP pathology laboratory for analysis.

Participation by age, sex, state and territory and year

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Participation by PHN

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Participation by SA3

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Participation by SA2

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