Welcome to the NHS bowel cancer screening website for England

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme helpline is 0800 707 6060

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme is now fully rolled out.

This means that most people in their sixties will have already received an invitation from the programme.

It is important to note, however, that exactly when the invitation is sent out depends upon a person's date of birth. For example, some areas began sending invitations to people with 'even' birthdays (60, 62, 64 etc). Others started with those with 'odd' birthdays (eg 61, 63, 65). It can take up to two years for every eligible person in an area to be invited.

Most areas will have sent out invitations to all those eligible by the end of 2012.

Screening is for people without symptoms.

If you are concerned about any symptoms, please contact your GP or visit NHS Direct Online.

Information Resources

There is a variety of information available in different formats designed to assist in answering questions about bowel cancer screening. There is a selection of audio and video resources as well as information and instruction leaflets.

Link to an overview of a cartoon showing how to use the bowel screening test kit Learn about polyp growths and removal with Animated Medicine Link to information about British Sign Language DVD It's your choice DVD
Using the test kit
Polyp growths and removal
Leaflets: British signed
It's your choice
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