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Bowel Screening


About the screening programme

The Scottish Bowel Cancer Screening Programme will invite all men and women between the ages of 50 and 74 years who are registered with a GP. It is therefore vital that you inform your doctor’s surgery of your latest address so we can send you regular invitations for screening.

Other eligible individuals who are not registered with a General Practice such as prisoners, armed forces, homeless and individuals in long-stay institutions will also be able to participate


How will the screening programme be run?

All men and women aged between 50 and 74 will receive a Faecal Occult Blood test (FOBt) kit by post to their home address. The kit is completed at home and returned to the national Bowel Screening Centre for Scotland, which is based in Dundee at King’s Cross Hospital.

The centre tests all the completed screening kits and then notifies:

  • all participants of their results
  • all GP practices of positive FOBt results
  • all NHS Boards of positive results requiring further investigations.

If the overall result of screening is positive, then the individual will be referred to their local hospital for further assessment and may be offered a colonoscopy, if appropriate.

You can find out more about this in Test results: What happens next?


Healthy tips: what can I do?

Most people suffer from problems with their bowels at times.

Sometimes a change in diet can be all that is needed (especially if you are constipated). Try some of the tips below for yourself.

  • Take part in the screening programme every 2 years.
  • Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
  • Eat lots of fibre, e.g. wholemeal bread, cereal, beans.
  • Don’t eat too much red meat.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Gentle exercise can also help. It may surprise you to know that it can help to get your bowels moving properly.
  • Don’t be embarrassed to go and see your doctor if you have any worries about your bowel habits.

If you want to get healthier, your doctor or practice nurse can help you with healthy eating plans and exercise programmes



For more information please click here to go to the Bowel Screening Website.

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