Everyone in Scotland between the ages of 50 and 74 is sent a home screening lit every two years. It is a simple test to involving sticking a small probe into your bowel motion (poo). They changed the test in 2017 and it is now much easier to do. Watch this clip to see how:
If you would like to do the test but no longer have your testing kit you can call the Bowel Screening helpline on 0800 0121 833 and they will arrange for a new kit to be sent to you. You can also request another kit online at https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/screening/bowel/request-a-bowel-screening-test-kit
If bowel cancer can be found early enough then there is more than a 90% chance of cure. The sooner it is caught the easier it is to treat, so I would encourage you to do the test. You will receive the result about 2 weeks after doing the test. If it is positive you will require further investigation (usually a camera test or sometimes a scan).
Early cancer often has no symptoms and that is why screening is important. However, symptoms of concern would be blood in your bowel motion, change in your bowel habit, pain, weight loss, tiredness and looking pale. If you have any of these symptoms of concern then please make an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible.
More information is available here: