Bowel Cancer Screening Age Lowered

October 24, 2023 9:07 am in by
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Central Victorian Health experts and advocacy groups are welcoming a decision to lower the bowel cancer screening age to 45.

Fresh figures reveal that one in nine bowel cancer cases in Australia now occur in people under the age of 50.

Australians aged 40 to 49 account for more than half (56%) of all new cases of the cancer and nearly two-thirds (64%) of deaths in the under-50 age group.

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CEO of Bowel Cancer Australia, Julien Wiggins, says the decision to lower the screening age will help save lives across the region.