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However, the good news is that it is also one of the most preventable cancers: if detected early, 90% of bowel cancers can be treated successfully.
In Australia, people between 50 and 74 will receive from the National Bowel Cancer Screening program a test kit every 2 years. It is a free, easy four-step home test. If the results are positive, you would receive a notification and be advised to talk to your doctor about proceeding to a colonoscopy for further investigation.
Watch our gastroenterologist Dr Feller, who talks about screening, risk factors and symptoms