Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK. If it’s detected at an early stage, before symptoms appear, it’s easier to treat and there is a better chance of surviving it.
Bowel cancer screening test aims to find tiny amounts of blood in your stool that cannot be seen with the naked eye. This test doesn’t diagnose cancer but it can determine whether more investigation is needed.
All men and women aged 60 – 74 will automatically be sent a screening kit every two years
If you are 75 or over you can request a kit by calling the free phone number 0800 707 6060
The kit will be sent to your home address which is used to collect a stool sample and then simply post it back in the FREEPOST envelope.
People younger than 60 are not eligible for the screening test, but can have bowel scope screening, for further information please call the free phone number 0800 707 6060.
If you have any concerns regarding your bowel health please speak to your GP.
For further information on the Bowel screening programme please click here.