Don’t take the risk, take the test.
The Scottish national bowel screening programme offers bowel screening to all men and women aged between 50 and 74 years. The aim of the programme is to save lives from bowel cancer by picking up these cancers at an early stage (before they have started to cause any symptoms.) Treatment of early bowel cancers can be successful in 90 per cent of cases.
If you are aged 50 to 74 you will be sent a test kit to your home to complete and return to the national Bowel Screening Centre in Dundee for testing. Where the test shows that there is blood present in the bowel motions(poo), further tests are required to find the reason for the presence of the blood. Blood can be present in the motions for many reasons other than bowel cancer. The important thing is to carry out further investigations to find out the reason for the blood and start any treatment as soon as possible.
For more details see Frequently asked questions and Facts about Bowel Cancer.
If you have any further questions call the national bowel screening helpline on 0800 0121 833