How the program works.
First, you buy a test kit from a participating pharmacy during Bowelscan Month (March every year) for just $6. You take the kit home, take some samples according to the instructions, and drop the kit into the collection bin at the pharmacy by April 14.
Your kit is sent to Bowelscan’s generous supporters Western Diagnostic, who do the lab test free of charge. Bowelscan’s Medical Coordinator then notifies you of the result, and also notifies your GP if the test is positive. Confidentiality is maintained at all times.
There are a number of causes of ‘hidden blood’, so if your test is positive it’s not certain that you have polyps or bowel cancer. To determine the source of the blood, your GP will refer you for a colonoscopy.