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Fewer Australians opt for free bowel cancer screening (AIHW)

10 Jul 2013

Although evidence shows bowel cancer screening saves lives, Australians were less likely to take up their invitation to screen in the Australian Government's free National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) in 2011-12 compared to the previous 3 years, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: July 2011-June 2012 monitoring report, shows that about 35% of the 930,000 people invited to take part in the NBCSP between July2011 and June 2012 returned a completed bowel cancer screening test for analysis. 'As in previous years, women were more likely to screen than men, despite men having higher rates of bowel cancers, and higher overall bowel cancer incidence and mortality,' Ms McGlynn said.

Date: 
10 July 2013

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