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Home Test - Bowel Cancer Screening (Age 60 & Over)

Home Test - Bowel Cancer Screening (Age 60 & Over)

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The bowel cancer screening test for people aged 60 or over is a kit you use at home.

This is used to check for tiny amounts of blood in your poo. It does not diagnose bowel cancer, but it's a simple way to find out if you need further tests.

How to get a screening kit

All men and women aged 60 to 74 who are registered with a GP in England are automatically sent a bowel cancer screening kit every 2 years.

Make sure your GP has your correct address so your kit is posted to the right place.

If you're 75 or over, you can ask for a kit every 2 years by phoning the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60.

NHS screening kits are not available for people under 60.

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HelenPacker
HelenPacker15 days ago

Very good for anyone who is sixty and over. Its also useful if you know anyone who is sixty and over so that they can do the checks themselves without feeling embarrassed. They can do the test in private.

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kerrynboyle
kerrynboyle15 days ago

this is good as some older people dont want to be sat around waiting for these things

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furnell75
furnell7512 days ago

My husband was sent this anyway from NHS as soon as he turned 60 no need to apply. But i do feel it should be available sooner as my mum had bowel cancer aged 49

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tumblespots
tumblespots
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12 days ago

So sorry to hear that. As usual screening doesn't ever pick up all those in need. Sending good wishes 🎈 🐞

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