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Should I be tested for bowel cancer?Testing your bowel motions for blood (a ‘faecal occult blood test’) every 2 years from age of 50 can reduce your risk of dying from bowel cancer by up to one third.
In phase 2 of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, if you turn 50, 55 or 65 years old between January 2008 and December 2010 you will be posted around your birthday a one-off, free, bowel test kit to use at home.
If you are not eligible for a free test or wish to have regular testing (which is strongly advised) speak to your doctor. For more information ring 1800 118 868 or go to www.cancerscreening.gov.au.
Please note this information was correct at time of printing.
For up to date information, speak to your doctor.
Source: Spring 2008 edition of Your Health Newsletter