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Bowel screening

NHS bowel screening bowel cancer screening is offered to people aged 60 or over, as this is when you’re more likely to get bowel cancer. Screening depends upon your age:

  • If you’re 60 to 74, you’ll automatically be invited to do a home testing kit every 2 years.
  • If you’re 75 or over, you can ask for a home testing kit every 2 years by calling the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60.
  • If you’re too young for screening but are worried about a family history of bowel cancer, speak to a GP for advice.

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Always see a GP if you have symptoms of bowel cancer at any age – do not wait to have a screening test. Find out more about the symptoms of bowel cancer on