About the Test

Bowel Scope Screening test

Everyone in your area aged 55 to 59 is being offered bowel scope screening whether or not they have symptoms or a family history of bowel cancer.


Bowel scope screening involves a procedure called Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, which uses a thin, flexible tube with a camera to examine your lower bowel. The tube is sometimes called a flexiscope or flexisig. The test is designed to find and remove polyps, reducing your chance of developing cancer dramatically.


Before you come along for screening, you probably have questions about what will happen, how the test works and why you should attend. 

There’s plenty of information here, along with video clips from people who’ve had the test – to help you understand what to expect.

Nurse Consultant Margaret Vance explains why this test is important when you reach age 55.


All men and women aged between 60-74 and who are registered with a GP are invited to participate in the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. 

A test kit is sent in the post every two years and provides a simple, hygienic and discreet way for you to collect a small sample of your bowel motion (poo) in the privacy of your own home.


National Bowel Screening Hub Helpline: 0800 707 6060 to order a home-test kit, book an appointment, and general inquiries about bowel screening. Open 9am to 5pm.

St. Mark's Bowel Screening Health Promotion: 020 8869 3376 to speak to the Health Promotion team to arrange a talk, training session or raise awareness

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