If bowel cancer is detected at an early stage, before symptoms appear, it's easier to treat and there's a better chance of surviving it.
To detect cases of bowel cancer sooner, the NHS offers bowel cancer screening to all men and women aged 60-74. Every two years, a home test kit is sent directly which can be used to collect a stool sample. If you are within this group and have not received or mislaid the screening kit, please contact the Bowel Screening Helpline on 0800 707 6060 to request another screening kit to be sent to you free of charge. If you are 75 or over, you can still ask for this test by calling the Helpline on 0800 707 60 60. It is extremely important to respond to this screening.
Please note that screening is for people without symptoms. If you are concerned about any symptoms of bowel cancer, please make a doctor’s appointment to discuss these.