NHS Health Screening Programmes
There are a number of national health service screening programmes e.g.
- Breast screening
- Cervical screening
- Bowel screening
Bowel cancer screening is offered every 2 years to men and women aged 60 to 74.
People older than this can ask for a screening kit every 2 years by calling the Freephone number 0800 707 60 60.
People eligible for bowel cancer screening get an invitation letter, along with an information leaflet explaining screening and its possible benefits and risks.About a week later, the programme sends a test kit with instructions on how to use it at home. Results are sent out 2 weeks after the laboratory receives the completed kit.