Between January 2015 and December 2016, 3.2 million people were invited to participate, but only 1.3 million took up the offer and completed the test.
This was up just slightly (40.9%) over the previous rolling 2-year period, when just 39% of those invited participated.
For those invitees who had participated in an earlier round, 77% participated again.
However, of those who received a positive screening test, only 68% reported having a follow-up diagnostic assessment.
Among participants who went on to receive a diagnostic assessment, 1 in 26 (3.8%) were diagnosed with a confirmed or suspected cancer.
If bowel cancer is detected, and it is still in the earliest stages, 90% of cases can be successfully treated.
The NBCSP will be fully implemented in 2020, at which time Australian residents and citizens will receive a tax-payer funded kit in the mail beginning on their 50th birthday, and again every two years, until they reach age 74.
For people not yet eligible to receive a taxpayer-funded bowel cancer screening test as part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, talk to your GP or pharmacist about how to purchase a BowelScreen Australia® test.
Alternatively, to purchase a test online, please visit the BowelScreen Australia® webpage or call 1800 555 494.