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Screening - Bowel cancer

In Ireland, everyone age 59 to 69 can get free bowel cancer screening.

This can help find bowel cancer before you get symptoms. If bowel cancer is found early, it’s easier to treat and there’s a better chance of recovery.

We post a screening test to you. You take a sample of your poo (stool sample) with our home testing kit. It's easy to use. You send the kit back to us and we test your poo for blood.

Contact your GP if you have symptoms.

Content supplied by the NHS and adapted for Ireland by the HSE

Page last reviewed: 21 November 2023
Next review due: 21 November 2026

This project has received funding from the Government of Ireland’s Sláintecare Integration Fund 2019 under Grant Agreement Number 123.