Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland after lung and breast cancer. Every year, almost 4,000 people are diagnosed with the disease. For men the risk of getting bowel cancer over the age of 50 is 1 in 18 (5.5%) and for women the risk is 1 in 22 (4.5%).
The Scottish Bowel Screening Programme invites all men and women in Scotland between the ages of 50 to 74 for screening every two years. A test kit is sent in the post and the results are forwarded to the patients usually within 2 weeks.
If you no longer have your test kit and would now like to participate in the screening programme please telephone the Bowel Screening Centre Helpline on 0800 0121 833 and they will provide another kit for you.
Further information can be found on the Scottish Bowel Screening Programme website.
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