Be Clear On Cancer

Aged 60-74?

You'll be sent a free bowel cancer screening kit in the post once every two years.

It's meant for people with no symptoms and can find bowel cancer at an early stage, when it's easier to treat successfully.

You must be registered with a GP to receive a kit. Click here to find your local GP.

Click here to get this information in accessible formats.

How to do your bowel screening test

 

If my patients feel apprehensive about completing the bowel screening test, I remind them that it’s simple to do, it can detect cancer early and you have the benefit of completing it in the comfort of your own home.

Dr Stephen Gaduzo, GP 

 

I had no symptoms when I received the bowel cancer screening test, but when I saw it was from the NHS, I thought it was important to do. I was a bit shocked when I was diagnosed, but thankfully my cancer was found early. I had surgery a month later and needed no further treatment. I’m still living life to the full.  

Carol Ratcliffe, bowel cancer survivor

What happens after I receive my results?

About 2 weeks after your tests, you will get your results. 
 

Normal results 

Most people have normal results. This doesn't completely rule out cancer. So it is important to know your own body and what is normal for you. See your GP if you have changes that don't go away.

Unclear results 

This means there was a slight suggestion of blood in the sample. If this happens, the programme will send you another testing kit. 

Abnormal results 

Around 2 out of every 100 (2%) have an abnormal result. Most people with an abnormal result do not have cancer. The screening programme may ask you to do the test again or you'll have an appointment to see a specialist nurse at a bowel cancer screening centre. The nurse will talk to you about having a test to look at the inside of your large bowel. This is called a colonoscopy. 

It’s your choice

You have a choice whether or not to do bowel cancer screening, so please read the ‘Bowel Cancer Screening: The Facts’ booklet, which you’ll be sent with your test kit, to help you decide.

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