Bowel Screening

Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK, but the good news is that it’s treatable and curable if caught early. The NHS has launched a screening programme to help detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when treatment is more effective. The screening test involves using a FIT kit to take a small sample of your stool at home. The sample is then sent off to a laboratory where it is checked for the presence of blood, which can be a sign of bowel cancer. If your test results are abnormal, you will be referred for further tests and treatment if necessary.

It’s important to take part in the screening programme if you’re eligible, which is anyone aged 60 to 74 years old. The test is quick, simple and can be done in the privacy of your own home. Remember, the earlier bowel cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat. Don’t ignore your screening invitation when it arrives in the mail every 2 years. If you have any concerns or questions about the bowel screening programme, don’t hesitate to speak to your GP or practice nurse