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Register for bowel cancer screening

You can get bowel cancer screening if you are age 59 to 69 and live in Ireland.

You need to be on the bowel screening register before you’re offered a home screening test.

Register for BowelScreen

To register you can:

Freephone: 1800 45 45 55

When you are registered you can get the free home screening test. You will be sent a home screening test every 2 years.

Home screening test to detect signs of bowel cancer

Contact BowelScreen

Contact us if you need to:

  • check if you're on the register
  • change your details

The National Bowel Screening Programme,
King's Inn House,
200 Parnell Street,
Dublin 1,
D01 A3Y8

Freephone: 1800 45 45 55

From outside Ireland: +353 (0)21 421 7612 (charged at normal land line rates)

Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm (Closed Bank Holidays)

Feedback and complaints

Feedback and complaints help us to improve our service.

Phone, email or write to us.

Lisa Heffernan
BowelScreen Feedback
Kings Inn House
200 Parnell St
D01 A3Y8

Phone: 01 865 9300

Susie Black
Client Services
NSS General Feedback
Kings Inn House
200 Parnell St
D01 A3Y8

Phone: 01 865 9300

Advice on making a comment, compliment or complaint and what happens next

Your personal information

We need to collect and store some of your personal information to help deliver our screening programme. This information includes your:

  • name
  • mother's maiden name
  • address and eircode
  • phone number
  • date of birth
  • PPS number
  • bowel screening history

Your bowel screening history can include any screening results you have had with us. It also includes any colonoscopies, treatments and biopsy results.

But if you have had a screening test as a private patient, we will not hold this information. We are also unable to access any information or results of tests you have had as a private patient.

How we use your information

We use your personal information to write to you. We will contact you when your next bowel screening test is due or when your results are available.

Your medical records will be kept safe and secure. These will only be shared with your GP, the colonoscopy clinic, the National Cancer Registry of Ireland or other nominated healthcare professional.

We collect and store your records to make sure we have an accurate record of your screening history. We also do it to see if screening is effective in reducing the number of bowel cancer deaths.

We may use your screening test sample in teaching, in reviews and audits. This is to help improve our programme.

We may also use your information to invite you to take part in research. You can choose to take part or not.

We will not use your details without your permission. We will never use your name in any reports, when teaching or in reviews or audits.

Where we get your details

BowelScreen puts together a list of men and women eligible for screening.

We get these details from:

  • the Department of Social Protection
  • self-registration (when you register by phone or online)

Under the Health (Provision of Information) Act, 1997 we can be given names and addresses of people who need to be invited to take part in screening programmes for cancers.

General Data Protected Regulation (GDPR)

Under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), we keep your personal details and health records safe and confidential at all times.

You will have full access to your personal information and bowel screening records. You can request these from us at any time.

Accessing your health records

Opting out

You can opt out of the bowel screening programme at any time by contacting us.

Freephone: 1800 45 45 55

If you change your mind at a later date you can call us again and we can put you back on the list.

Page last reviewed: 20 October 2022
Next review due: 20 October 2025