NHS Bowel Screening Programme

If you are aged 60+, the NHS invites you to join the NHS Bowel Screening Programme. If you are about to turn 60 and registered with us, you will soon receive your first invitation and screening test.

Bowel Cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK and 80% of the people diagnosed are aged over 60 (Cancer Research UK). Which means that it is essential to detect the early stages quickly and effectively. 9 out of every 10 people with early-stage bowel cancer survive the disease.

All men and women between the ages of 60 and 74 are invited to take part in screening every 2 years. If you are eligible, you will be sent a test kit through the post in which you can use privately in your own home.

Watch this Cancer Research UK video for more information:

If you need advice or more information, you can speak to your GP. Cancer Research UK also offer advice and more information on 020 8900 6020 or you can also visit their website: www.cruk.org/bowelcancerscreening.

Our surgery is a big supporter of the NHS Bowel Screening Programme and we hope that you will take advantage of this life-saving offer and decide to complete your test. Remember, regular screening and knowing when to visit your GP will help to make sure that bowel cancer can be picked up early and treated successfully.

Please do not be embarrassed – this is a type of test that millions of people have done successfully and as a result lives have been saved.