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.
The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 69. This age range is currently being extended to 60 to 74. People in the invitation age range are automatically sent an invitation, then their screening kit, so they can do the test at home. Your GP will provide your contact details, so it is important that he or she has your correct name and address.
After your first screening test, you will be sent another invitation and screening kit every two years until you reach 69 (74 in areas where age extension has already started). If you are over the invitation age range, you can ask for a screening kit every two years by calling the Free phone number at 0800 707 60 60.