Bowel cancer screening involves testing people without any obvious symptoms of bowel cancer. Screening with a faecal occult blood test (FOBT) is recommended for healthy people aged over 50.
Bowel cancer can occur at any age, but the risk is greater if you are over the age of 50.
Your risk of bowel cancer also increases if you:
If these factors apply to you, talk to your doctor about your risk of bowel cancer.
You can help to reduce your risk of bowel cancer by:
If you follow this advice, it doesn't mean you will never get bowel cancer, but it can reduce your risk and has other health benefits too.
Not all bowel cancers show symptoms but you should see your doctor if you notice any of the following:
Usually there is a simple explanation for these symptoms, but if you do have bowel cancer, it is best to find it early.