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Bowel cancer screening is available to all people aged 60 to 69 living in Ireland. You need to be on the bowel screening register before you’re sent an invitation to take a screening test.

How to register

If you haven’t received an invitation for bowel screening call Freephone 1800 45 45 55 to check if you're on the register, or to add your details.

If you are not on the register, you can add your details over the phone. You can also register for bowel screen online.

If you are under 60

If you are under 60 and you are worried about a family history of bowel cancer or think you have any of the symptoms of bowel cancer, speak to your GP for advice.

Contact BowelScreen

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

Freephone: 1800 45 45 55

Your personal information

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

  • name
  • address
  • 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 do this 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 won't 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 and self-registration (when you register by phone or online). We gather this information under the Health Provision of Information Act, 1997. This Act provides for the collection of 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.

Related topic

Accessing your heath records


You can opt out of the bowel screening programme at any time by calling 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: 29/05/2019
next review due: 29/05/2022