How does the screening process work?

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme helpline is 0800 707 6060

Men and women eligible for screening receive an invitation letter explaining the programme, and an information leaflet entitled Bowel Cancer Screening - The Facts.

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About a week later, a faecal occult blood (FOB) test kit is sent out along with step-by-step instructions for completing the test at home and sending the samples to the hub laboratory.

The test is then processed and the results sent within two weeks.

Video: How to use the faecal occult blood (FOB) test kit