Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Why it’s offered

Bowel cancer is a common type of cancer in both men and women. About 1 in 20 people will get it during their lifetime.

Screening can help detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when it’s easier to treat. It can also be used to help check for and remove small growths in the bowel called polyps, which can turn into cancer over time.

Screening Test

NHS bowel cancer screening is only offered to people aged 55 or over, as this is when you’re more likely to get bowel cancer:

  • if you’re 55, you’ll automatically be invited for a one-off bowel scope screening test, if it’s available in your area
  • if you’re 60 to 74, you’ll automatically be invited to do a home testing kit every 2 years
  • if you’re 75 or over, you can ask for a home testing kit every 2 years by calling the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60
  • If you’re too young for screening but are worried about a family history of bowel cancer, speak to your GP for advice.

Useful infomation

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/bowel-cancer

https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/

County Durham and Darlington Screening Centre:
01388 455319

National Free helpline:
0800 707 6060