Research backs expanded FOBT screening

An additional 230 bowel cancer deaths will be averted each year with the roll-out of the expanded National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, cancer researchers say.

The introduction of the two-yearly FOBT screening program by 2020 will prevent an extra 9,167 bowel cancer deaths over the next 40 years compared with the original timetable of a 2034 rollout, the Cancer Council Australia has said.

In a modelling study published in the Medical Journal of Australia, researchers estimated that the current program of FOBT screening at the ages of 50, 55 and 60 would prevent 35,000 bowel cancer