Making time to talk about bowel cancer screening: A guide for community groups

  7 August 2020  NWMPHN   

Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related death in Australia – so why aren’t we talking about it more?

A new guide, Making Time to Talk About Bowel Cancer Screening, has been created to help community groups to talk about the importance of bowel cancer screening, and share the message with their friends, families and networks.

On average only around 40 per cent of Australians do the National Bowel Cancer Screening Kit, which is mailed to people aged 50 – 74 every two years. Nine out of 10 cases can be treated successfully if found early.

The guide provides practical ideas, steps and checklists so that anyone can deliver an event or activity. The guide also includes a case study, information on bowel cancer, the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, and insights as to why people tend to avoid this simple test.

The guide has been developed as part of the Community-led Cancer Screening Project run by North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network which aimed to increase participation rates for bowel, breast and cervical cancer screening in Wyndham and Brimbank.

Click to view and download these graphics to help you promote the guide: