Bowel cancer

We're encouraging everyone who is eligible to take the bowel screening test. Taking the bowel cancer screening test can be a lifesaver as it provides an opportunity to catch bowel cancer in the earlier stages, providing a much better chance of treating it successfully.

Take the test: these 3 items could save your life

We’re encouraging everyone to take up bowel screening. Taking the bowel cancer screening test can be a lifesaver as it provides an opportunity to catch bowel cancer in the earlier stages, providing a much better chance of treating it successfully. 97% of people diagnosed at the earliest stage of bowel cancer will survive for more than five years. However, fewer than 10% of people diagnosed at the latest stage of bowel cancer will survive for more than five years.

The test is sent to everyone aged 60-74 once every two years. It checks for the presence of blood in a stool sample, which could be an early sign of bowel cancer. It can detect the cancer at an early stage, even before symptoms appear.

The test kit is sent to your home and contains everything you need – just three items – and is very simple and straightforward to use – simply sample, seal, send. The three items you receive are a spatula for taking a small poo sample, a sealable card carrier to place the sample on and a freepost envelope to post it back for screening. It is hygienically contained. After completing the test, you’ll receive the results of your test within two weeks of sending in the test kit.

You can watch a one-minute animation about taking the test here:

 


Updated: 28/07/16