Bowel Cancer – Detect Cancer Early

All men and women in Scotland aged 50 – 74 are invited for bowel screening.  A test kit is automatically sent out to your home address.  Bowel screening involves taking a simple test at home every two years.  See the link for more information:  Bowel screening step-by-step instruction leaflet PDF

Bowel screening has recently been the subject of an advertising campaign across Scotland as part of the Get Checked Early programme.

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland.  Every year in Scotland, almost 4,000 people are diagnosed with the disease.

Although bowel cancer is common, it is also highly treatable if detected early.  If bowel cancer is found early enough, there is more than a 90% chance of successful treatment.  The sooner it’s detected the easier it is to treat. For more information click here.

Over 75

If you are 75 or over you can still take a bowel screening test every two years.  You would need to request a test kit every two years by contact the Bowel Screening Centre on the number below.

The test is still free and can be requested by contacting;
Bowel Screening Centre Helpline on 0800 0121 833 (textphone 18001 0800 0121 833).