First Nations mob are being urged to keep up with bowel screening tests for early detection of one of the most common cancers impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers among First Nations people and a new campaign involving Gabbi Gabbi man Dr Joel Wenitong hopes to raise awareness around the importance screening.

A 2019 survey by Cancer Council found under half of First Nations respondents were not up to date with screening.

Dr Wenitong told Koori Radio that early detection can save lives with high rates of cases being successfully treated.