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Screening aged 55 to 59

Due to Coronavirus - Covid-19, Bowel Scope Screening is currently unavailable. As soon as we have any more information, this page will be updated.

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To re-arrange your appointment please contact the screening service on: 0800 707 6060

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NHS bowel scope screening

Bowel scope screening is for people age 55 to 59. The South of Tyne Bowel Cancer Screening Programme was an early adopter. This means we are one of the fisrt areas in the country to offer the bowel scope screening.

From March 2013 we started inviting participants from South Tyneside, from January 2014 we started inviting participants from Gateshead. We hope to be inviting participants from Sunderland to take part sometime in the future.

We are only able to offer bowel scope screening to participants aged 55 – 59 years, registered with a GP, in an area that has gone live. If you are 60 plus you will be offered bowel cancer screening using the FIT (faecal immunochemical) home test kit. To check if your GP practice has gone live  for bowel scope, you can use the free phone number 0800 707 6060.

What is bowel scope screening?

Bowel scope screening is a one off test offered at age 55 and two months. It uses an examination called 'flexible sigmoidoscopy'' or flexi sig to look inside the lower bowel. This is completed as part of an out patients appointment at a local hospital.

The aim of bowel scope screening

The aim of bowel scope screening is to find any small growths called 'polyps', we know that if polyps are left untreated over time they may develop into a cancer. If we find any polyps we would remove them during the bowel scope procedure, if we identify a large number of polyps you may be offered additional treatment or surveillance, see my results.

Bowel scope screening, the process

Both men and women, who are registered with a GP, are invited for a one off bowel scope screening when they are 55 years and two months old. If you missed your appointment, or due to the roll out process of the programme have not been invited you can self refer into the programme any time before your 60th birthday. Once you turn 60 your bowel cancer screening will be offered using the FIT (faecal immunochemical) home test kit. See Screening aged 60 plus.

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