Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

At-Home Kits Save Lives

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

At-Home Kits Save Lives

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Ashley Clark

ashley.clark@news-mail.com.au

The NBCSP

The expansion will be implemented in phases between 2015 and 2020:

70- and 74-year-olds have already commenced screening

72- and 64-year-olds added in 2016-17

68-, 58- and 54-year-olds added in 2017-18

66- and 62-year olds added in 2018-19

56- and 52-year olds added in 2019-20

More information: australia.gov.au/

bowelscreening.

THE National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) is expanding -- a move that could save up to 500 lives each year.

Over the next five years the screening intervals and ages for the program will change and by 2020, all Australians aged 50-74 will receive, in the mail, a free screening kit every two years.

The expansion began on January 1 with the addition of two new age groups, 70 and 74 year olds.

Cancer Council Australia's Director of Public Policy, Paul Grogan, said bowel cancer screening is one of the most effective, life-saving public health measures available to Australians aged 50 to 74. …

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