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Home screening test

The screening test is a simple way to check for small amounts of blood in your stool (poo). It is also known as the faecal immunochemical test or ‘FIT test’.

Blood in your stool does not tell you if you have bowel cancer. But it might tell you that you need more tests.

How to get the test

We will send you an invitation if your details are on the BowelScreen register.

Otherwise, you can register online or Freephone 1800 45 45 55.

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Register online

Once you give us your consent, we will send you a free test in the post. This will have simple instructions on how to do the test.

As the risk of bowel cancer increases as you get older, all men and women between the ages of 60 and 69 are invited to take a bowel screening test every 2 years.

How to do the test

The home test can be done at any time of day or night. You don't need to change your normal routine.

  1. Collect a sample by scraping the sampling stick on your stool until the end of the stick is covered
  2. Put the sample stick in the tube.
  3. Seal the tube in the plastic bag
  4. Use the pre-paid envelope to send the sample back for testing

You should post your test back to us the same day you take your sample, or the next day.

Your test results will be sent to you within 4 weeks. If you have registered your GP details, they will also receive a copy of your results.

People who need additional support (Access Officer)

If you or someone you care for has a disability, or needs additional support to take part in BowelScreen, we can help.

Email or call the Freephone number on 1800 45 45 55 to speak to the access officer.

Read our guides on bowel screening for people with additional needs.

page last reviewed: 29/05/2019
next review due: 29/05/2022