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National bowel cancer screening program to expand under Budget 2012-13 funds

Date posted: 10 May 2012

The Australian Government's National bowel cancer screening program will be expanded under the 2012-13 Federal Budget to provide additional screenings to people aged 60-70 years.

Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in Australia. Currently, bowel cancer screening is provided free under the program to people aged from 50-65 years.

Under the new Budget, the program will receive a $49.7 million boost, and will extend its screening to Australians:

The program will be further extended in 2017-18, when a phased implementation of biennial screening will commence, beginning with 72 year olds.


Source: Minister for Health (Department of Health and Ageing)


Minister for Health's office
Ph: (02) 6277 7220


Last updated: 11 May 2012
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