Bowel cancer screening

About 1 in 20 people will get bowel cancer in their life. It affects men and women.

Screening can help detect bowel cancer early, when it’s easier to treat.

How it works

You use a home test kit to do the screening.

If you’re 60 to 74, we’ll send you a kit every 2 years. This also includes 56 year olds.

If you’re 75 or over, you can ask for a kit every 2 years. Call the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60.

If you’re younger than 56 and you’re worried because you have a family history of bowel cancer, speak to your GP.

You should also speak to your GP if you have not been sent a test and you think you need one.

Find out more on the NHS website

Visit the NHS website guide to bowel cancer screening

You can also find information about bowel cancer from: