National Bowel Cancer Screening Program – Information booklet


National Bowel Cancer Screening Program – Information booklet

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Publication date: 
June 2020
Last updated: 
21 May 2021
Publication type: 
Intended audience: 
General public

The risk of bowel cancer rises sharply from the age of 50.

This information booklet talks about the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and explains:

  • why you should do the screening test
  • who should do the test
  • what the test looks for.

It also describes:

  • what bowel cancer is
  • what the symptoms are
  • what affects your level of risk and how to lower it
  • the home test kit – how to use it and what the results mean
  • what a colonoscopy is – and when your doctor may refer you for one.

The booklet explains what the National Cancer Screening Register is and how your information is handled. It also covers what to do if you don’t want to participate.