I’m under the screening age, but I’m worried about symptoms/have a family history of bowel problems. Can I be screened?

No. The English NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme is available only to people aged 60 years and over who are based in England. It cannot screen people who are below this age or who live elsewhere. (Click on the links for details of the bowel screening programmes in Northern Ireland, Wales and in Scotland.)

If you are worried about symptoms such as a persistent change in bowel habit, pain in your abdomen, bleeding from the back passage, tiredness or weight loss, or are worried about your bowel health in any way, you shouldn’t wait for screening. You should speak to your GP, who can arrange for referral to a specialist if necessary.