Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in Australia and around 80 Australians die from the disease every week. The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program offers free screening to eligible Australians.
We offer bowel cancer screening and diagnostic services as part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.
What is a Faecal occult blood test (FOBT)?
The first step in bowel cancer screening is a test called a Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT), which is used to collect samples of bowel motions. These are analysed to detect tiny traces of blood, invisible to the naked eye. The results of this test will indicate whether a further test in hospital (usually a colonoscopy) is needed to rule out bowel cancer.
If your FOBT is positive, you will be asked to see your General Practitioner, who will then refer you into the hospital for a colonoscopy.
A colonoscopy is an exam of the large colon using a video camera (colonoscope). You will be asleep for this procedure and it takes approximately 20mins. A dedicated experienced gastroenterology registered nurse will coordinate your care, arrange appointments and book your colonoscopy procedure.