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Bowelscan - A Rotary Community Awareness Project  

The Bowelscan program is an initiative of the National Bowelscan Committee Incorporated and Australian Rotary Health and is run by those organisations through the Rotary clubs. Australian Rotary Health is not responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program or for the scan kits. 

Bowelscan is a Rotary program developed in 1982 in New South Wales and now conducted by over 250 Rotary Clubs across Australia.

These Clubs issue approximately 150,000 kits during their annual Colorectal Screening programs. Since Bowelscan commenced, it is estimated that more than 1,000 people with bowel cancer and 5,000 with polyps have been detected. 
Bowelscan is essentially a public awareness program seeking to increase community knowledge of bowel cancer and its symptoms. The project involves the distribution to the public of a simple test kit on which is collected small specimens of faeces for analysis. 

The following leaflet provides more information on the project: