Bowel cancer screening
Regular bowel cancer screening has been shown to reduce deaths
from bowel cancer
Some people with bowel cancer have the disease, or are at risk
of it developing before any symptoms appear. The screening
programme is designed to find those people and treat them more
The test is not compulsory but we do strongly advise that everyone
who is invited ,takes part. The earlier bowel cancer is detected,
the easier it is to treat.
Who is eligible for screening?
- 60-74 in England
- 60-74 in Wales
- 60-74 in Northern Ireland
- 50-74 in Scotland
If you are registered with a GP and eligible for bowel cancer
screening, you will receive a letter and a leaflet explaining the
home testing kit prior to receiving the kit itself. These
will be sent to where you live.
If you are over the screening age you may be able to opt-in and
request a kit, depending on where you live in the UK. More
information can be found from your relevant national Bowel
Screening Programme by calling
one of the freephone numbers listed here.
What does the bowel cancer screening test do?
The home testing kit tests for faecal occult blood
(hidden blood in poo). It does not diagnose
If the home testing kit detects blood, you will be invited
for a consultation with a specialist screening practitioner in your
area. During this meeting, your test results and what happens
next will be discussed.
Find out more:
How to take the
Bowel Cancer Screening Test
Cancer Screening in the UK