Your Bowel Cancer Screening

Bowel Cancer Screening is one of the important ways you can reduce your chances of getting bowel cancer - by spotting it early!

If you are 60 - 74 and registered with a GP you will be sent a kit every two years.

If you are 75 or over you can still get a kit by calling the freephone number: 0800 707 6060

If you haven't completed your last kit you can still take part. Just call 0800 707 6060

Why do it?

Bowel cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the UK, and the second biggest cause of deaths, but if you find bowel cancer early 98% of people will survive.

Most bowel cancers start off as non-cancerous fleshy growths - called polyps - on the inside of the bowel.

Bowel cancer screening can help find these polyps early, so reducing your risk.


The process of using the kit isn't complicated or anything to be embarrassed about, you can find more information on completing your kit here.

What happens after I get my results?

Once you've completed your kit and put it into the post you'll receive a letter telling you the results within 2 weeks. If there is any blood, it's a sign that further investigation is needed. It doesn't necessarily mean you have cancer!!

In fact, only 2% of people need further investigation.


If you have any questions about the test or bowel cancer screening then you can call: 0800 707 6060 - All calls are answered by trained staff. Please do not feel embarrassed to ask for more information or advice.

What happens if I need further investigation?

You can see a nurse and have a chat about the result. If you want, you can have a hospital procedure to look for any polyps.

If there are any, they can be removed before they could become dangerous.

This procedure is called a colonoscopy and can last from 30 minutes to an hour

Have you received a screening pack? Learn more about how to complete and return it.



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