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Bowel Screening

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60-74. You will be invited for screening. People aged 75 years and over can request a screening kit by calling the Freephone helpline : 0800 707 6060

Bowel Scope Screening is currently being rolled out over the next few years and offers a one off screening for men and women aged 55 years. People aged above 55 years can request screening once at any time up to their 60th Birthday.

Contact Information

Contact Telephone Number:
Helpline 0800 707 6060

Other information

Service details:

Bowel cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage (in people with no symptoms), when treatment is more likely to be effective. Bowel cancer screening can also detect polyps. These are not cancers, but may develop into cancers over time. They can easily be removed, reducing the risk of bowel cancer developing.
- Men and women aged between 60 and 74 are invited every two years to take part in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.
- People over the invitation age range can request a screening kit by calling a freephone helpline.
- Bowel cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage through detection of faecal occult blood.
- The test does not diagnose bowel cancer, but the results indicate whether a further examination is needed.
- The test kit is received by post, carried out at home and then sent (by Freepost) to the laboratory for testing.

NHS bowel scope screening is a new one off test to help prevent bowel cancer. It does this by finding and removing any small growths, called polyps, in the bowel that could eventually turn into cancer.
The NHS offers bowel scope screening to all men and women aged 55.
People above the age of 55 can request bowel scope screening appointment up to their 60th Birthday by calling a Freephone helpline.
This screening requires an appointment for the procedure.

Opening times:
Helpline is available Monday 08:00 – 17:30, Tuesday – Friday 09:30 – 17:30, Saturday 08:30 – 12:30

Screening is for people without symptoms. If you are concerned about any symptoms, please contact your GP. Invitations for screening at appropriate times are sent automatically to eligible people.

Last updated on 01/11/2018 10:14 GMT