Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer recommends screening for bowel cancer for everyone aged 50 and over, with no family history of bowel cancer or symptoms, every 1 to 2 years. Screening before symptoms become present is important, because bowel cancer can develop without any early warning signs.
A bowel screening test can be done cleanly and simply in the privacy of your own home. The cost is around $40 which includes the test kit, instructions for use, postage and handling, pathology analysis and result report to you and your GP received within two weeks. There is no need to change your diet or medication. Health fund or Medicare rebate may be available so please retain your receipt. These tests are only available to residents of Australia and New Zealand.
- Online - purchase a bowel screening test online here.
- Pharmacy - find a participating community pharmacy here.
- Phone - call 1800 55 65 76 to purchase a screening test with a credit card.
- GP or pharmacist - speak to your GP or pharmacist about a bowel screening test today.
If you are experiencing any symptoms that concern you, regardless of your age, it is important to consult your GP as soon as possible so the cause can be found.