The NHS bowel cancer screening testing kit can save your life.
In a new 'Help Us, Help You' campaign that is the first of its kind nationally, NHS England is
encouraging people who have been sent an NHS bowel cancer screening kit to complete the
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK,  and detecting it at the earliest
stage makes you up to nine times more likely to be successfully treated.  But, almost one third
of people who were sent an NHS bowel cancer screening test in England last year did not go on
to complete it. 
Just a tiny sample detects signs of cancer before you notice anything wrong. The test is simple to
complete and can be done in the privacy of your own bathroom. Anyone aged 60 to 74, who lives
in England and is registered with a GP practice will be sent a test in the post automatically, every
two years. NHS England is also extending this to include all 50 to 59 year-olds by 2025.
So, the NHS is asking anyone who is sent a bowel cancer screening test to remember to
complete it. Put it by the loo. Don't put it off. Your next poo could save your life.
Visit nhs.uk/conditions/bowel-screening for more information
If you are aged 56, 58 (on or after 16 May 2022) or 60 to 74 and we have your correct address, you will be sent a kit every 2 years. Please use it. By April 2025, bowel cancer screening kits will be for everyone aged 50 to 74 in England.
To find out more and hear from other Londoners about their experience of bowel cancer screening, visit www.healthylondon.org/bcs
If you have symptoms of bowel cancer which last for three weeks or more, please contact the practice and ask for an appointment.
Published: Feb 28, 2023
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