Bowel cancer screening

Bowel cancer screening

If you are between the ages of 60 – 74 you are eligible for a free NHS bowel cancer screening check. This is done to detect symptoms early on in order to increase the chance of recovery. The check is a home test kit which you do at home and then send off to get the results.

How do I get a bowel cancer screening kit?

Everyone aged 60-74 registered with a GP will automatically be sent an NHS bowel cancer screening kit every 2 years. If you’re 75 or over, you can ask for a kit every 2 years by phoning the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60.

If you’re worried about a family history of bowel cancer or have any symptoms, speak to a GP for advice.

How do I use the home test kit?

You collect a small sample of poo on a small plastic stick and put it into the sample bottle and post it to a lab for testing. There are instructions that come with the kit. Once you have provided your sample, send it off as soon as possible.

When do I get my results?

Your test result should be posted to you within 2 weeks of sending off your kit. There are 2 types of result:

  1. No further tests needed
  2. Further tests needed

If further tests are needed, contact your GP.