Modelling by Cancer Council NSW has found coronavirus disruption to the Bowel Cancer Screening Program this year could lead to thousands of extra bowel cancer deaths.

The modelling was based on the assumption that, even with a catch-up period, participation in the bowel screening program would fall to 20% for 12 months.

Decreased participation due to changes to the health system, and individual attitudes to cancer screening and health services, were contributing factors.

Bowel screening invitations had been sent out during the pandemic however pathology labs and colonoscopists were less busy than usual during March – May.

We’re concerned by the disruption of bowel cancer testing during coronavirus and strongly suggest people continue with regular screening.

If you’ve received a test kit don’t leave it in a drawer. Do the free test today.

If you have misplaced or thrown your kit away call the Cancer Council Infoline on 1800 118 868 for a replacement kit.

Now is the time to tick bowel screening off your to-do list. It could save your life.

Helpful Links

A Guide to Bowel Cancer Screening

National Bowel Screening Program