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Families and Community

Bowel cancer can develop without any symptoms.

The good news is, there is a simple test that can help find bowel changes early. Australians between the ages of 50 and 74 years are sent a free kit in the mail.

If you receive a bowel screening kit in the mail, do it, even if you feel well. It could save your life!

If found early, bowel cancer can be successfully treated.

Your free bowel screening kit

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To check when you will receive your kit in the mail, you can check here or contact the Program on 1800 118 868.

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Lower your risk of bowel cancer

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People are more likely to get bowel cancer if they are older than 50 years of age. This is the biggest risk. To lower your risk:

  • Keep at a healthy weight
  • Don’t smoke
  • Keep active – exercise is important
  • Reduce the amount of alcohol you drink

Doing a bowel screening test regularly can help to prevent bowel cancer or detect it early when it is easier to treat.

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Recent diagnosis of bowel cancer

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If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with bowel cancer and are looking for information and support, visit the Cancer Council Australia website:

Cancer Council Australia.

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Resources for families and communities

Aboriginal Communities – Cancer Council Victoria

A fantastic website of resources, information and support services.

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Stories from Indigenous cancer survivors and families

Reflecting on the cancer journey.

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GP, health worker and patient


Start a yarn about bowel screening.

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Bowel Cancer Blues music video

Bowel cancer blues – music video

Do that test you've got nothing to lose, to avoid bowel cancer blues.

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grand mother and grand daughter

Take the test – music video

Music video from the Top End – it’s not shame, it’s just a part of life.

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Young girl

Second chance – music video

A bowel cancer survivor encourages others to do a bowel screening test.

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Check ’em – music video

Muludja community spreads the word of doing the test.

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Bruce Loo

Bruce explains how to do the test

Bruce has done the test twice now - it's pretty easy to do.

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Sharon Wallace

Dad died from bowel cancer

Sharon shares the story of how bowel cancer affected her family.

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David Copely

David survived bowel cancer

David wished he'd taken more notice when the kit came in the mail.

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Aboriginal Cancer Journeys

Cancer Council SA - cancer stories of kinship, hope and survival.

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Ernest Brimm

Ernest Brimm’s story

Do the test as soon as it comes in the mail.

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Postcard: Bowel screening is women’s business

This postcard provides information about the importance of bowel screening for women.

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Postcard: Bowel screening is men’s business

This postcard provides information about the importance of bowel screening for men.

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