Bowel screening

Bowel cancer screening is a simple test you can do at home. It will not diagnose bowel cancer, but it’s a simple way to find out if you need further tests.

Home testing kits are sent to anyone aged 60 to 74, registered with a GP in England. They are sent every 2 years.

The test involves taking a small sample of your poo with a special stick. Then you put the stick into a container and send it away in the post to be tested.

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