Bowel Health & Screening

Bowel cancer screening

There is a national screening programme which offers bowel screening every 2 years for women between the ages of 50 and 74. You will be invited to do a test every 2 years. Please do this test, however uncomfortable it seems, it could save your life.

What is Bowel Cancer?

Bowel cancer is a common problem in the Western World. Growths develop in the bowel, which, if left undetected, can turn into cancer. This will happen to roughly 6 in every 100 women. If detected early enough, this disease could be cured.

What are the risk factors?

  • Previous bowel conditions such as [polyps or inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Family history
  • Age

What are the symptoms?

Look out for:

  • Any change to what is normal bowel habit for you-diarrhoea/constipation or feeling you still need to go after opening your bowels.
  • Any blood at all
  • New pain
  • Strange shapes to your motions
  • Lumps
  • Losing weight and you don’t know why
  • Bowel cancer screening

You are invited to take part every 2 years.

A pack is sent to you, follow the instructions and take the test, it could save your life.

If you haven’t received your pack and you are aged between 50 and 74 call 1800 118 868 or visit

If you have any concerns at any other age book a consultation to discuss.

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