Bowel cancer screening can save lives. Screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when treatment has the best chance of working. The test can also find polyps (non-cancerous growths), which might develop into cancer. Polyps can usually be removed, to lower the risk of bowel cancer.
If you’re registered with a GP and within the eligible screen age range, a test will be automatically posted to you, so you can complete it in the privacy of your own home.
- If you are aged between 60 and 74, you will be invited every 2 years. The age for testing is due to be extended to include people aged 50-59 from April 2021.
- If you are aged 75 or over, you can request a screening test by calling the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60.
- Call the screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60 or visit the NHS website for more information on bowel screening.
- Further information about the FIT test and how to use it is available to download in 10 different languages including Polish, Urdu, Arabic and Chinese..