RACGP - Bowel Cancer: Taking the test
General practice can play a vital role in the expansion of the National Bowel Screening Program.
Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world, with about 17,000 diagnoses a year and approximately 80 deaths per week.
To help facilitate early diagnosis, the Department of Health’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Program provides the faecal occult blood test to eligible patients at no cost. This non-invasive procedure is safe and can be performed at home, and has an estimated 83% sensitivity and 93% specificity, making it an extremely effective detection tool.
The RACGP have a range or resources for GPs to learn more about bowel cancer, and its diagnosis and treatment. For more information please click here