Bowel cancer screening
If you have been sent a bowel cancer screening kit, this campaign explains why it's important to do the test.
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, but it is estimated that the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening programme can reduce the number of deaths from the disease. The screening programme involves completing a test kit that is sent to you in the post. This test can detect early signs of bowel cancer, even before you have any symptoms, when it is often easier to treat successfully. However, not enough people are completing the test when they are invited to do so, and this campaign is encouraging more people to respond. This campaign forms part of Cancer Research UK’s ongoing efforts to beat cancer sooner.
The testing kits are sent to men and women aged 60 to 74. If you are aged over 74 you can request a screening kit by contacting the bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 6060. You can also ring them if you think you may have missed out on the screening.
You may also find useful:
- Information about bowel cancer screening from Cancer Research UK.
- Frequently asked questions about bowel cancer screening from the NHS Cancer Screening website.