The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

Colorectal Cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in Australia.

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) aims to reduce the incidence, illness and mortality related to bowel cancer in Australia through screening to detect cancers and pre-cancerous lesions in their early stages, when treatment will be most successful (AIHW 2012).

Between July 2008 and June 2011, 2.1 million Australians aged 55yrs, 60yrs or 65yrs were invited to participate in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

800 000 people participated (38% of invitees).  Of these people, 60 000(7.8%) were found to have a positive screening test requiring further investigation.

  • One in 11 colonoscopies performed to follow up a positive screening result found advanced (pre cancerous) adenomas
  • One in 33 colonoscopies performed to follow up a positive screening result diagnosed cancer.  In these patients, 80% of cancers were in the earliest 2 stages of colorectal cancer.
Follow this link for the full media release on the AIHW website

 

AIHW 2012. National Bowel Cancer Screening Program monitoring report: phase 2, July 2008- June 2011. Cancer series no. 65. Cat. no. CAN 61. Canberra: AIHW.