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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%).

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

If you would like more information regarding the Bowel Screening Programme  please contact the Bowel Screening Programme direcect on 0800 – 0121 – 833

Alternatively you can visit the website for further information

Date published: 5 December 2014
Date last updated: 16 August 2023