Age extension to bowel cancer screening

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme helpline is 0800 707 6060

In December 2007 the Cancer Reform Strategy stated that the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme would be extending the age range for screening from April 2010 to invite men and women up to their 75th birthday.

This was reaffirmed by the Coalition Government in Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer [PDF 1Mb].

Five screening centres started implementing the age extension in 2008. As screening centres complete their first two - year screening round they are rolling out the extension, (subject to meeting criteria and subsequent approval by the national office).

By May 2012, 35 of the 58 local screening centres had started inviting the extended population.

This roll out map shows that as of October 2011, 32 of the 58 local screening centres had started inviting the extended population