BowelScreen: The National Bowel Screening Programme
BowelScreen, The National Bowel Screening Programme, offers free bowel screening to men and women aged 60 to 69 every two years. Over time, BowelScreen will be offered to those aged 55 to 74. The purpose of the screening programme is to identify the population most at risk of colorectal cancer and most likely to benefit from early detection and treatment.
Participants will be sent a screening test kit that includes step-by-step instructions for self-administration of the test at home. The completed test can then be sent by Freepost to an accredited laboratory for analysis.
Approximately 94 per cent of people will receive a normal test result and will be sent another home test kit in two years’ time while they remain within the eligible age range. Five to six per cent of people will receive a result that will require an additional test.
How to apply
The BowelScreen programme will send an invitation to men and women aged 60 to 69 years to take part in the programme.
BowelScreen puts together a register of people eligible for screening from details supplied by the Department of Social Protection as well as from people who contact BowelScreen to register themselves.
If you are aged between 60 to 69 years and living in Ireland, you can ring BowelScreen on Freephone 1800 45 45 55 to check your details are on the register. When your details are on the register you will, over time, receive an invitation to take part in the BowelScreen programme. It may take up to three years for all people on the register to receive an invitation. In the meantime you should see your GP if you have any concerns or symptoms.