Bowel scope screening is a new test for people aged 55 where a thin, flexible tube with a camera at the end is used to look inside your bowel.
It’s done to look for and remove any small growths called polyps. These could eventually turn into cancer if they’re not removed.
The test is also called a flexible sigmoidoscopy or “flexisig”.
When it’s offered
Bowel scope screening is being rolled out to men and women in England aged 55.
You will automatically be sent an invitation 2-3 months after your 55th birthday.
It’s a one-off test, and you’ll only be invited to have it once.
If you decide not to have the test straight away, you can have it at any point up to your 60th birthday. Call the free bowel cancer screening helpline on to arrange an appointment. 0800 707 60 60
From the age of 60 onwards, you will be invited to do a bowel cancer screening home test kit every 2 years instead.
The bowel screening service will contact you direct when you become eligible.