Bowel Screening

The Scottish Bowel Screening Programme invites all men and women in Scotland between the ages of 50 to 74 for screening every two years

Patients reaching the age of 74 still have the option to participate in screening, but must self-refer to the programme (telephone Scottish Bowel Screening Helpline 0800 0121 833).

The evidence supporting the screening programme shows a 10% relative risk reduction in colorectal cancer mortality compared with no screening. We aim to improve the uptake of bowel screening in the 50-74 year old target population and ensure that it is advertised in our waiting areas to encourage patients to participate.

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