Bowel cancer

From National Cancer Control Policy
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Bowel cancer

About this chapter

Cancer Council Australia first published a chapter of its National Cancer Prevention Policy calling for the introduction of a bowel cancer screening program in Australia in 2001. The chapter has since undergone four comprehensive reviews, with evidence-based recommendations to advance bowel cancer screening in Australia.

This 2018 update draws on the systematic review which informed the NHMRC-approved Clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, early detection and management of colorectal cancer (third edition), published in October 2017.

It has been reviewed internally by the Screening and Immunisation Committee of Cancer Council Australia’s principal Public Health Committee and externally by: Dr Hooi Ee (Gastroenterologist, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital) and Prof Mark Jenkins (Director of the Centre for Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Melbourne). It has been approved by Cancer Council’s principal Public Health Committee in October 2018.

Contact: Deshanie Rawlings


  1. Overview
  2. Impact
  3. Policy context
  4. Policy priorities
  5. Prevention
  6. Screening