Bowel cancer screening

The South of Tyne Bowel Cancer Screening Programme manages two bowel screening programmes in Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

The two screening programmes offer screening to different age groups, with bowel scope screening at age 55 and bowel screening using the FOB (faecal occult blood) home test kit from age 60. Both programmes are managed by the South of Tyne Bowel Cancer Screening Programme with national guidance from the NHS Cancer Screening Services who are part of Health England.

They provide a complete screening service and manage the freephone number which deals with enquiries regarding the bowel cancer screening programme.

Bowel cancer screening aims to detect pre cancer bowel growths and bowel cancers at an early stage (in people with no symptoms) and reduce deaths from bowel cancer.

The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme automatically invites people into the programme between the ages of 60 and 74. However people over that age are more than welcome to continue with screening every two years by contacting us on the free phone number 0800 707 60 60 and requesting a new screening kit.

In March 2017, we opened our brand new Bowel Screening Hub. To view our video of our opening click here

You can also see our new infographic, illustrating what we do here

You can also view our video below:

About 1 in 14 men (7%) and 1 in 19 women (5%)  in the UK will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime. It is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths, with approximately 16,000 people dying from it each year.

If you have any questions about the bowel cancer screening programme, have missed your screening and would now like to take part, or want to know when you will be offered screening contact free phone 0800 707 6060.

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