The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60-74. People in this age group will automatically be sent an invitation, then their screening kit, so they can do the test at home.
After the first screening test, you will be sent another invitation and screening kit every two years until you reach 74.
If you are aged 75 or over, you can ask for a screening kit by calling the Free phone number 0800 707 60 60.
Bowel cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early age (in people with no symptoms), when treatment is more likely to be effective.
Bowel cancer screening can also detect polyps. These are not cancers, but may develop into cancers over time. They can easily be removed, reducing the risk of bowel cancer developing.
Screening saves lives.
For more information contact the programme hub on: 0800 707 60 60
or visit the NHS Cancer screening website at www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk