bowel cancer screening
Our vision is for a healthier Australia, with more people participating in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. Screening is vital as it enables early diagnosis of bowel cancer when most cases can be treated successfully. Unity is our strength with an Australia-wide multidisciplinary alliance of leading experts focused on research to address this major challenge.
The Australian Government provides a world-class National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. However, the number of eligible Australians participating in it is 44% compared to around 60-70% for similar screening programs overseas.
The Bowel Cancer Screening Alliance is undertaking research to find ways to increase screening participation by 20% to world-class levels. By achieving this, it is predicted an additional 37,000 bowel cancers and 25,000 bowel cancer deaths can be prevented in Australia over the next 25 years.
This first-time alliance comprises 13 institutes with multidisciplinary experts from epidemiology, screening, public health, general practice, multicultural health literacy, behavioural science, and digital technology research.