Bowel Cancer Screening

Patients are automatically called for bowel cancer screening when they reach their 60th birthday. They will then be invited to participate in screening every 2 years until their 75th birthday. People aged 75 or over are not automatically invited for screening, but can request screening every 2 years by contacting the helpline direct.

No screening test is 100% effective but often the early signs of bowel cancer are diagnosed. Being aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer is still very important. The most common symptoms are:

  • A persistent change in bowel habit, especially going more often or looser for several weeks
  • Bleeding from the bottom without any obvious reason
  • Abdominal pain, especially if severe
  • A lump in your tummy

If you have any concerns, or for a self referral, contact:

Bowel Cancer Screening Programme
Freephone Helpline: 0800 707 60 60

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