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 aged 60-74 called a faecal occult blood (FOB) test. You will be sent the home test kit every two years through the post, until you reach the age of 74. The FOB test checks for the presence of blood in a stool sample, 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.
We will try to contact you once by letter if you do not respond to the bowel cancer screening programme to encourage you to do so. For further information and replacement kits call the freephone helpline on 0800 707 60 60 or visit NHS Cancer Screening.