The case for screening from age 45 (download only)
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We can significantly reduce the 119 deaths from bowel cancer in the 45-49 cohort currently, by further extending the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) from the current 50-74 cohort to 45-74, thus bringing around two million extra Australians into the safety net of this program.
“Of the top 10 cancers, bowel cancer is the only cancer to show an increase in mortality rates from 2008 to 2018 and projected to 2021 in the 45-49 cohort. It is also the cancer that responds best to the kind of early detection offered by a screening program,” Bernard Salt said.
This report was commissioned by Bowel Cancer Australia. It was researched and written by the demographer Bernard Salt AM managing director of The Demographics Group.