Why it’s offered
Bowel cancer is a common type of cancer in both men and women. About 1 in 20 people will get it during their lifetime.
Most people diagnosed with it are over the age of 60. Screening can help detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when it’s easier to treat.
It can also be used to help check for and remove small growths in the bowel called polyps, which can turn into cancer over time.
Who it’s offered to
If you are a resident in England and registered with an NHS doctor, you’ll be automatically invited for a one-off bowel scope screening test at the age of 55. At 60 you will be invited for screening using a home testing kit. This is offered every two years up to the age of 74 (inclusive).
Isle of Man
The Isle of Man Bowel Screening Service does not offer the one-off bowel scope screening test at the age of 55.
If you are a resident in the Isle of Man and registered with an Isle of Man doctor, you will automatically be invited to do a home testing kit every two years from the age of 60 up to 74 (inclusive).
Full details of the screening programme
Full bowel cancer screening details for patients.
For those interested in how services are commissioned, standards for the programme, education, training and quality assurance, full details are available from Public Health England.