Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK. If it's detected at an early stage, before symptoms appear, it's easier to treat and there's a better chance of surviving it.
To detect cases of bowel cancer sooner, the NHS offers bowel cancer screening to adults registered with a GP in England:
- All men and women aged 60-74 are invited to carry out an FOB (faecal occult blood) test. They're sent the home test kit every two years through the post, until they reach the age of 74. This involves collecting a stool sample and posting it back to the laboratory to be checked for the presence of blood, which could be an early sign of bowel cancer. If you are 75 or over, you can ask for this test by calling the freephone helpline on 0800 707 60 60.
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