Oak Vale Medical Centre

The Fiveways Centre, 215 Childwall Road, Liverpool, L15 6UT

Telephone: 0151 295 9330

Sorry, we're closed

Bowel cancer screening for over 60s

Posted on September 23rd, 2021

Bowel cancer screening for over 60s saves lives by finding cancer early. Even if you feel healthy you should take a test – which can be done at home, in private.

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer to be diagnosed in the UK – with more than 40,000 people diagnosed with the disease each year in the UK.

It is also called colorectal cancer and the early symptoms can be difficult to spot, which is why regular screening is so important for people with an increased risk of it.

This type of cancer commonly grows from polyps – which are non-cancerous growths that can cause small amounts of blood to appear in your poo, which might otherwise go unnoticed because you may not be able to see them.

The best way to check for any blood in your poo is to do the bowel cancer screening test, also known as FIT, which is sent to you in the post with full instructions.

The NHS offers bowel cancer screening checks free of charge to everyone over 60 years old. If you are between 60 and 75 you will automatically be sent a test kit in the post every two years. If you are over 75, you can ask your GP to continue receiving the test or request one by phoning the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60.

The test involves collecting a small amount of poo and sending it in a test bottle for checking. You catch a piece of poo in a container or toilet paper and use the test’s scrape stick to collect a small sample to put in the bottle and send off in the post. You do it at home and it is hygienic.

If the test finds anything unusual, you might be asked to have further tests to confirm or rule out cancer. Most people’s screening result shows they do not need any more tests.

Learn more about bowel screening and how to carry out the test on the Cheshire & Merseyside Cancer Alliance YouTube channel.

Content provided by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). For more information, please visit www.liverpoolccg.nhs.uk.

Published on Thu, 23 Sep 2021 15:04:42 GMT
Modified on Thu, 23 Sep 2021 15:04:42 GMT

Opening Times

  • Monday
    08:00am to 06:30pm
  • Tuesday
    08:00am to 06:30pm
  • Wednesday
    08:00am to 12:30pm
    01:30pm to 06:30pm
  • Thursday
    08:00am to 06:30pm
    Last Thursday of month closed at 1pm
  • Friday
    08:00am to 06:30pm
  • Saturday
    CLOSED
  • Sunday
    CLOSED

Liverpool CCG News

Cheshire and Merseyside residents urged to ‘give digital a go’ as part of new NHS campaign

Posted on July 5th, 2023

NHS Cheshire and Merseyside has launched a new campaign to increase awareness of online health services …

How you make a complaint about primary care services is changing on 1 July 2023

Posted on June 26th, 2023

From 1 July 2023 the way members of the public make a complaint about primary care services to the commissioner is changing….

Hypertension day – 17 May 2023

Posted on May 17th, 2023

High blood pressure, or hypertension, rarely has noticeable symptoms. But if untreated, it increases the risk of serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Around 1 in 4 adults in the UK have high blood pressure, although many will not realise it.

Vaccination reminder in World Immunisation Week (24-30 April)

Posted on April 24th, 2023

With one in ten children not up to date with their vaccinations and at risk of becoming seriously unwell, this World Immunisation Week (24-30th April) the NHS is encouraging people to make sure they are up to date with their routine vaccinations at all life stages.

Test of Government’s new, national Emergency Alerts system at 3pm on Sunday 23rd April

Posted on April 18th, 2023

At 3pm on Sunday 23rd April there will be a test of the Government’s new, national Emergency Alerts system set up to warn people across the UK if there’s a danger to life nearby.

NHS A-Z Conditions
Find Local Services
Live Well
Translate »