About one in 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime. It is the third most common cancer in the UK, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths, with over 16,000 people dying from it each year.1
Regular bowel cancer screening has been shown to reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer by 16 per cent2.
 Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2006. Screening for colorectal cancer using the faecal occult blood test: an update
Contact the bowel screening team
Members of the public who have questions can call the bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60.
You can ring this number to request a screening kit if you are 75 or over.