Bowel cancer screening, by state and territory

Bowel cancer screening, by state and territory

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    Bowel cancer screening participation rate, by state and territory, 2019-2020

    • The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) began in 2006 and aims to reduce illness and death from bowel cancer through regular screening to support early detection.
    • In this program, all men, and women between the ages of 50 and 74 are invited to participate and every two years are sent a free faecal occult blood test screening kit to use at home.1
    • Of the 5.8 million people who were invited between January 2019 and December 2020 nationwide, 43.8% participated in the program. In 2020, 1,309 ACT residents who were screened had a positive result (meaning blood was detected in their stool sample) – a screening positivity rate of 6.4%. Nationally, 85,700 Australians who were screened had a positive result (7.0% screening positivity rate).2 However, while a positive result warrants further investigation, it is important to note the most people who have a positive screening do not have bowel cancer.
    • In 2019-20, South Australia and Tasmania had the highest screening participation rate of people aged 50-74 (48.4% and 48.2%, respectively). In the ACT, 46.5% of people aged 50-74 participated in the program.2

     

    References

    1. Commonwealth Department of Health. National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. Canberra: Commonwealth Department of Health; 2021 [cited 2023 Jun 10]. Available from: https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/national-bowel-cancer-screening-program

    2. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: Monitoring Report 2022. Canberra: AIHW; 2022 [cited 2023 Jun 10]. Available from: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/cancer-screening/nbcsp-monitoring-2022/summary.gov.au)

    To access the data please click on the "View source data" link at the bottom of the visualisation. This link will open up a data table that you can download. 

    Sources
    Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2020. National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: monitoring report 2020. Cancer series no.128. Cat. no. CAN 133. Canberra: AIHW.