What is the purpose of bowel cancer screening?

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme helpline is 0800 707 6060

Bowel cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage (in people with no symptoms), when treatment is more likely to be effective.

Bowel cancer screening can also detect polyps. These are not cancers, but may develop into cancers over time. They can easily be removed, reducing the risk of bowel cancer developing.