Bowel Cancer Screening

The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme is co-ordinated by Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust.  The Programme manages two bowel screening programmes in Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

The two screening programmes offer screening to different age groups, with bowel scope screening at age 55 and bowel screening using the FOB (faecal occult blood) home test kit from age 60. Both programmes are managed by the South of Tyne Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

They provide a complete screening service and manage the freephone number which deals with enquiries regarding the bowel cancer screening programme.

Bowel cancer screening aims to detect pre cancer bowel growths and bowel cancers at an early stage (in people with no symptoms) and reduce deaths from bowel cancer.

About 1 in 14 men (7%) and 1 in 19 women (5%)  in the UK will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime. It is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths, with approximately 16,000 people dying from it each year.

The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme automatically invites people into the programme between the ages of 60 and 74. Although you will also receive a letter from us before your birthday providing you with information about the services the Programme provided.  However people over the age of 74 are more than welcome to continue with screening every two years by contacting them on the free phone number 0800 707 60 60 and requesting a new screening kit.

More information about the Programme can be found by visiting Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust’s website.

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