Home screening kit - Bowel cancer screening @ NHS
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Home screening kit - Bowel cancer screening @ NHS

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Found 4th Mar
The bowel cancer screening test for people aged 60 or over is a kit you use at home.

This is used to check for tiny amounts of blood in your poo. It doesn't diagnose bowel cancer, but it's a simple way to find out if you need further tests.

It's also called the faecal occult blood (FOB) test.

How to get a screening kitAll 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 your GP has the 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 aren't available for people under 60.
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This should be for people under 60 too 40 is a better age to start testing. Heat added.
We are very lucky in the Sheffield area, at the age of 55 you are offered bowel scope screening. This is were a small camera is used to check your lower bowel for polyps, which are usually harmless but can develop into cancer, if found they are easily removed at the same time. This will definitely be saving lives, well done NHS.
davidridge152 s ago

I stand corrected. Family members of mine were.


maybe i was just left out as i look so young lol
Nicebob2 h, 31 m ago

We are very lucky in the Sheffield area, at the age of 55 you are offered …We are very lucky in the Sheffield area, at the age of 55 you are offered bowel scope screening. This is were a small camera is used to check your lower bowel for polyps, which are usually harmless but can develop into cancer, if found they are easily removed at the same time. This will definitely be saving lives, well done NHS.


Polyps are usually safe and you need not worry if they are 6mm and under. The time to worry is when they start to grow and spread. Always get a second opinion. Most are just benign and harmless. I had a scan two years ago and they said I was fine. I knew something was wrong and didn't care what they said. I paid private and ended up having 2 the size of oranges removed from my bowel. worrying times I'm still having treatment. People need to talk about this stuff more openly!
Edited by: "I_Am_Groot" 4th Mar
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This should be for people under 60 too 40 is a better age to start testing. Heat added.
I_Am_Groot1 m ago

This should be for people under 60 too 40 is a better age to start …This should be for people under 60 too 40 is a better age to start testing. Heat added.


MAYBE IF ENOUGH OF US REQUEST IT THEY MAY CHANGE IT BUT GREAT COMMENT
I think that you are routinely sent the kit when you are 60.
Edited by: "davidridge1" 4th Mar
i am 65 and not been sent 1
RUSSt3 m ago

i am 65 and not been sent 1


I stand corrected. Family members of mine were.
davidridge152 s ago

I stand corrected. Family members of mine were.


maybe i was just left out as i look so young lol
We are very lucky in the Sheffield area, at the age of 55 you are offered bowel scope screening. This is were a small camera is used to check your lower bowel for polyps, which are usually harmless but can develop into cancer, if found they are easily removed at the same time. This will definitely be saving lives, well done NHS.
i will 2nd that
I’m assuming it just be just Scotland, but we do get a test every 2 years after your 50th birthday.
Nicebob43 m ago

We are very lucky in the Sheffield area, at the age of 55 you are offered …We are very lucky in the Sheffield area, at the age of 55 you are offered bowel scope screening. This is were a small camera is used to check your lower bowel for polyps, which are usually harmless but can develop into cancer, if found they are easily removed at the same time. This will definitely be saving lives, well done NHS.


I'll pass your comment on to "wor lass", it'll cheer her up. She works in the Labs at the NGH, and not very many folk enjoy their jobs there currently.
Glesgabear48 m ago

I’m assuming it just be just Scotland, but we do get a test every 2 years a …I’m assuming it just be just Scotland, but we do get a test every 2 years after your 50th birthday.


And free prescriptions

Which I am SOOOOOOOO tempted to add as a deal on here lol
This should be for all ages of people my mam sadly passed away 2 months after her bowel cancer diagnosis in June last year aged 53
Nicebob1 h, 11 m ago

We are very lucky in the Sheffield area, at the age of 55 you are offered …We are very lucky in the Sheffield area, at the age of 55 you are offered bowel scope screening. This is were a small camera is used to check your lower bowel for polyps, which are usually harmless but can develop into cancer, if found they are easily removed at the same time. This will definitely be saving lives, well done NHS.


Same in Norwich.
TheAngryMob31 m ago

I'll pass your comment on to "wor lass", it'll cheer her up. She works in … I'll pass your comment on to "wor lass", it'll cheer her up. She works in the Labs at the NGH, and not very many folk enjoy their jobs there currently.


Hope they are in a good mood when I'm there next month, and warm the vaseline up.😳
RUSSt2 h, 5 m ago

MAYBE IF ENOUGH OF US REQUEST IT THEY MAY CHANGE IT BUT GREAT COMMENT



This is done by us using the patient participation group (PPG) for GP practices plus various patient user groups at the NHS Trusts NHS England
e.g.
patient.info/doc…ups
Anita65552 m ago

This should be for all ages of people my mam sadly passed away 2 months …This should be for all ages of people my mam sadly passed away 2 months after her bowel cancer diagnosis in June last year aged 53


Very sorry to hear that
RUSSt2 h, 24 m ago

MAYBE IF ENOUGH OF US REQUEST IT THEY MAY CHANGE IT BUT GREAT COMMENT


Really???? These idiots can't even carry out the wishes of the British people so don't hold your breath anytime soon
Nicebob2 h, 31 m ago

We are very lucky in the Sheffield area, at the age of 55 you are offered …We are very lucky in the Sheffield area, at the age of 55 you are offered bowel scope screening. This is were a small camera is used to check your lower bowel for polyps, which are usually harmless but can develop into cancer, if found they are easily removed at the same time. This will definitely be saving lives, well done NHS.


Polyps are usually safe and you need not worry if they are 6mm and under. The time to worry is when they start to grow and spread. Always get a second opinion. Most are just benign and harmless. I had a scan two years ago and they said I was fine. I knew something was wrong and didn't care what they said. I paid private and ended up having 2 the size of oranges removed from my bowel. worrying times I'm still having treatment. People need to talk about this stuff more openly!
Edited by: "I_Am_Groot" 4th Mar
peterdarlison233 m ago

Really???? These idiots can't even carry out the wishes of the British …Really???? These idiots can't even carry out the wishes of the British people so don't hold your breath anytime soon


RUSSt3 h, 6 m ago

i am 65 and not been sent 1


You need to speak to your doctor
My grandma very recently died of bowel cancer. I wonder if one of these kits might have spotted it before the symptoms began, and gave her a few more years. Although it was a relatively fast decline (2 month from initial suspicion of cancer to dying), she was awfully uncomfortable with the pressure in her organs for those last few weeks. I hope everyone who is eligible makes use of these kits. Although, she was over 75, so probably didn't know she had access to these every 2 years.

I'll be ordering a kit for my other grandma tomorrow, thanks OP.
Edited by: "lasuil" 4th Mar
I_Am_Groot55 m ago

Polyps are usually safe and you need not worry if they are 6mm and under. …Polyps are usually safe and you need not worry if they are 6mm and under. The time to worry is when they start to grow and spread. Always get a second opinion. Most are just benign and harmless. I had a scan two years ago and they said I was fine. I knew something was wrong and didn't care what they said. I paid private and ended up having 2 the size of oranges removed from my bowel. worrying times I'm still having treatment. People need to talk about this stuff more openly!



How many millimeters are your "oranges"? There is a huge difference of an orange and 6mm in a scan as you and we know.
peterdarlison21 h, 28 m ago

Really???? These idiots can't even carry out the wishes of the British …Really???? These idiots can't even carry out the wishes of the British people so don't hold your breath anytime soon


I think you will find its the UK Government that need to carry out the wishes of the British people and not the NHS.

The irony of the comment though. Screening ages should be brought down but unfortunately the cash strapped NHS can't afford it. So, what's the will of the people going to achieve? Well, according to the huge majority (52% isn't huge) of NHS medical workers who are extremely intelligent and experts in their field and those who are running the NHS it will achieve nothing apart from financial ruin. Extending screening is certainly not going to be a post-brexit win.
peterdarlison21 h, 31 m ago

Really???? These idiots can't even carry out the wishes of the British …Really???? These idiots can't even carry out the wishes of the British people so don't hold your breath anytime soon



You got things mixed up, In the NHS, they don't carry out your wishes in the main, your funeral director carries out your wishes in the main.
smk7710 m ago

I think you will find its the UK Government that need to carry out the …I think you will find its the UK Government that need to carry out the wishes of the British people and not the NHS. The irony of the comment though. Screening ages should be brought down but unfortunately the cash strapped NHS can't afford it. So, what's the will of the people going to achieve? Well, according to the huge majority (52% isn't huge) of NHS medical workers who are extremely intelligent and experts in their field and those who are running the NHS it will achieve nothing apart from financial ruin. Extending screening is certainly not going to be a post-brexit win.



Brought down to 50 already in 2018, to be implemented.

“If you experience any of the symptoms of bowel cancer or just don’t feel quite right, no matter your age, please visit your GP.”
splender3 m ago

Brought down to 50 already in 2018, to be implemented.“If you experience a …Brought down to 50 already in 2018, to be implemented.“If you experience any of the symptoms of bowel cancer or just don’t feel quite right, no matter your age, please visit your GP.”


I meant generally, not just bowel...Cervical, breast etc.

What about the Welsh?
splender26 m ago

How many millimeters are your "oranges"? There is a huge difference of an …How many millimeters are your "oranges"? There is a huge difference of an orange and 6mm in a scan as you and we know.


They told me they were probably hemorrhoids and that’s how they missed them ended up 16 hours in surgery and went down to 6 stone. I havemore surgery to come.
smk7715 m ago

I meant generally, not just bowel...Cervical, breast etc.What about the …I meant generally, not just bowel...Cervical, breast etc.What about the Welsh?


It’s gone to the dogs here in Wales.. others will disagree. One consultant gave me blood results two weeks ago and said things were looking good. I had to point out that the date on the results was 2016 I have a new consultant
Glesgabear6 h, 17 m ago

I’m assuming it just be just Scotland, but we do get a test every 2 years a …I’m assuming it just be just Scotland, but we do get a test every 2 years after your 50th birthday.


Yes, I got mine a week after my 50th birthday! They even have an ad on Scottish TV.
Great fun to use....
In 2012 I received an invite for bowel screening and put it to one side. A few weeks later they contacted me again, so I took the test. It so happened I had a tumour in my sigmoid colon which needed open surgery to remove it. The result was I had a ileostomy, this was reversed after a few months. The tumour had been benign. If it had been left, it could have become malignant or caused perforation of the bowel.

I wrote a detailed paper afterwards which has been published several times. I still have it in pdf.

PS, I already have a urostomy for over 30yrs.
Edited by: "kingfisher" 4th Mar
I'm definitely no expert, and agree that the test which checks for blood is good but surely if blood is there you already have a problem. Where as visual screening detects potential problems before they have chance to develop.
I'm happy to have a NHS professional take a look up mine any time. I'd recommend anyone who gets the chance of a screening to jump on the offer.
Is this just in England? My folks are 80, but I'd like them to have this tested, but we're in Northern Ireland, so not sure if it applies.
I_Am_Groot21 h, 39 m ago

This should be for people under 60 too 40 is a better age to start …This should be for people under 60 too 40 is a better age to start testing. Heat added.


Yup good point. Especially for men getting early prostate cancer check can be a lifesaver.
davidridge122 h, 0 m ago

I think that you are routinely sent the kit when you are 60.


Wife and I both received at age 60, every 2 years after that, just done my second one.
RUSSt23 h, 29 m ago

i am 65 and not been sent 1


Ask your GP about this, they should have the number for the national hub whom usually sends out the test kit. I know the number for the london hub is 0800 707 6060 or visit www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk. I work for the bowel cancer screening and this service has saved plenty of lives in the 6+ years that I've been here
I would encourage anyone who is eligible to do the test to do it AND urge anyone else who has even the slightest feeling that something isn't quite right e.g. spots of blood in your poo to go see your GP straight away.

This is coming from someone who ignored the symptoms until it was almost too late, (a typical male trait) my GP referred me to a consultant and they found two tumours, when he showed me the x-rays on the white board he told me they were about the size of a grapefruit! My first thought was that's an odd fruit to compare them to, my second thought was that's bloody huge! I'm 5ft 10" tall and at the time weighed about 11.5 stone so not huge and it was hard to imagine that I'd been walking around with two grapefruits inside me for months

A course of intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy followed then after a break of about 6 weeks surgery to remove the tumours. Then it was another round of chemotherapy as they found traces of cancer in my lymph glands and wanted to take some preventative treatment in case it had spread. Aged 42 at the time (relatively young for this type of cancer) and with 3 young daughters I thought that was my lot and I would never see them grow up but 5 years on thankfully I'm still here and now in remission.

However, I have to live with the consequences of leaving it as long as I did the result of which is having to have a permanent colostomy bag for the rest of my life buy at the end of the day I'm still here...I know people who haven't been as lucky.

It isn't the nicest subject to bring up in conversation but I do talk frankly to people about it...friends and family that is, not just some complete stranger I might rock up to in the pub! At the end of the day if just one person who thinks they might have a problem speaks to their GP and it turns out that there is then a slightly embarrassing conversation will have been well worth it.

Not wanting to end on a bum note ...I would add that bowel cancer if detected and treated early is one of those cancers that has a fairly good recovery success rate.
Nicebob4th Mar

We are very lucky in the Sheffield area, at the age of 55 you are offered …We are very lucky in the Sheffield area, at the age of 55 you are offered bowel scope screening. This is were a small camera is used to check your lower bowel for polyps, which are usually harmless but can develop into cancer, if found they are easily removed at the same time. This will definitely be saving lives, well done NHS.



I think that is nationwide as it's available in Buckinghamshire also.
Lambeth in London, they sent me a letter offering Bowl Cancer screening for the over 55's.
I did not have signs or symptoms and was in good health, so ignored the letter.
They sent a reminder so I decided to arrange an appointment.

On the first visit I had a "flexisig" where they found a large polyp, which was too large to be removed.
On my second visit I had a full Colonoscopy, where a very large flat polyp was also found.
On my third visit, I had an endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), where all of the polyps was removed.

The lab results showed that the first polyp was cancerous.

I was very lucky because they had caught the cancer at an early stage.
Further tests have confirmed that the cancer had not spread across to other organs.

I would advise any one who qualifies for Bowel Cancer screening to go for it.
nhs.uk/con…ng/ here is the link for bowel scope screening info..





I declined the offer for the bowel scope & changed appts then cancelled but I decided I should go as we are lucky to have this available to us.... I was really apprehensive & a little embarrassed but I had it done & seriously it was a million times easier than I thought, I would definitely recommend anyone eligible to go for it, I had no symptoms & thankfully I got a clear result, the relief afterwards was worth it for definite 👌
Edited by: "angie14" 5th Mar
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