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Bowel Screening 50 - 74 year Olds

Invite for 50- 74 year olds to Participate in the Bowel Screening Programme



Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland after lung and breast cancer. Every year, almost 4,000 people are diagnosed with the disease. For men the risk of getting colorectal cancer over the age of 50 is 1 in 18 (5.5%) and for women the equivalent risk is 1 in 22 (4.5%). If bowel cancer is detected early there is a 90% chance of treating the disease successfully.


If you wish to participate, please contact the Scottish Bowel Screening Helpline on telephone number 0800 0121 833 for a screening kit to be sent to you.


The Scottish Bowel Screening Programme invites all men and women in Scotland between the ages of 50 to 74 for screening every two years. You are invited using your CHI number and a letter is sent to the address at which you are registered with Practitioner Services Division. Once you are 'called' you will be recalled during the same month every 2 years until you are 75. 



Resources and Further Information:


More information on bowel screening is available from -

Scottish Bowel Screening Programme website:


NHS inform: .



TV advert, radio adverts and ‘poo song too’


NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde learning disabilities materials:


Alternatively we can inform you of the benefits and risks of taking part in this programme. If for any reason you may have difficulty providing a sample please speak to the Dr or Practice Nurse.

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