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Bowel cancer screening

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 we have 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.

  • If you’re 60 to 74, you’ll automatically be invited to do a home testing kit every 2 years
  • if you’re 75 or over, you can ask for a home testing kit every 2 years by calling the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60

How to use the kit

The main kit used in England is the faecal immunochemical test kit – known as the FIT kit.

With this kit, you collect 1 sample of poo in a small plastic sample bottle and post it back to a laboratory for testing.

There are instructions with the kit. You can also read the kit instructions online.

For further information, please read our information leaflet here, or visit www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/about-bowel-cancer/screening/