Federal Government increases Bowel Screen Funding

May 13, 2012 - 04:02

The life-saving National Bowel Cancer Screening Program will be expanded under the 2012-13 Budget to provide additional screenings to people aged 60 and 70. The program will receive a $49.7 million boost and be extended to screen Australians turning 60 from 2013 and 70 from 2015. This achieves regular five yearly screening for the at-risk population between 50 and 70 years of age. The program will be further extended in 2017-18, when a phased implementation of biennial screening will commence, beginning with 72 year olds. Invitations to undergo screening every two years will then be progressively extended to all Australians between 50 and 74 years of age. Currently, bowel cancer screening is provided free to people aged 50, 55 and 65.