Bowel Cancer Screening
Bowel cancer screening involves having tests to check if you have or are at risk of bowel cancer.
Bowel cancer is a common type of cancer in both men and women. About 1 in 20 people will get it during their lifetime.
Screening can help detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when it's easier to treat. It can also be used to help check for and remove small growths in the bowel called polyps, which can turn into cancer over time.
NHS bowel cancer screening is only offered to people aged 55 or over, as this is when you're more likely to get bowel cancer:
If you're 55, you'll automatically be invited for a one-off bowel scope screening test, if it's available in your area
If you're 60 to 74, you'll automatically be invited to do a home testing kit every 2 years
If you're 75 or over, you can ask for a home testing kit every 2 years by calling the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60
If you are eligible and would like to have these tests and have not yet heard anything, please contact your GP for more information.
For more information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/bowel-cancer-screening/
If you're too young for screening but are worried about a family history of bowel cancer, speak to a GP for advice.
Always see a GP if you have symptoms of bowel cancer at any age – do not wait to have a screening test.