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Bowel screening 60 plus

The South of Tyne Bowel Cancer Screening Programme invites men and women aged 60 to 74 for free screening using the home test kit every two years.

The programme screens people from the areas of Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside, using a home test kit, called the faecal immunochemical test (FIT) which recently replaced the faecal occult blood test (FOBt). This looks for hidden blood in stool samples.

Bowel cancer screening using the home test kit aims to detect cancer at an early stage (in people with no symptoms). It does this using the FIT test which is a simple stool sample test that is completed at home and sent back to the screening hub in the envelope supplied. The test identifies hidden blood in the stool sample that could be caused by a polyp or cancer.

If you are over 74 years, you will no longer receive an automatic invitation for screening, but can contact us on 0800 707 60 60 every two years if you wish to take part in the screening programme.

Regular bowel cancer screening using the home test kit has been shown to reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer by 16%.

If you have any questions about the bowel cancer screening programmes, contact us on 0800 707 60 60.   

Instruction: in english and other languages, to help you to complete the test kit.

 

Click here to watch a video to help you to complete your test kit.

 

 

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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