Why is bowel screening offered?
Bowel Cancer is the 4th most common type of cancer. Bowel screening aims to find bowel cancer early, before symptoms develop. More than 9 out of 10 people (around 90%) survive bowel cancer when it is diagnosed at an early stage.
The screening kit used in England is the faecal immunochemical test kit – known as the FIT kit. It comes as an easy to use home test.
Symptoms and Advice
Always see a GP if you have symptoms of bowel cancer at any age, even if you have recently completed a NHS bowel cancer screening test kit – do not wait to have a screening test.
How to do the FIT bowel cancer screening test – Cancer Research UK
How to get a home test
Everyone aged 60 to 74 who is registered with a GP and lives in England is automatically sent a bowel cancer screening kit every 2 years. The screening age is gradually being lowered to 50 so some people in the 50-60 age group could also receive a kit.
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
A short animation explains how to use your bowel cancer screening kit. Subtitles are available in English, as well as Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu. A British Sign Language version is also available.
If you have not received or misplaced the kit that was sent, you can request another simply by calling the helpline on: 0800 707 60 60