Bowel screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage (in people with no symptoms) when treatment is more likely to be effective.
Men and women at age 55 (who are registered with a GP) are invited to take part in a one off test called a flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dependent on the result of this, you may be referred for further tests or recalled at age 60.
Presently only the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath undertake flexible sigmoidoscopy for Bowel Scope patients. Rollout of this programme across the centres will take until the end of 2018.
The FOBt Bowel Cancer Screening Programme invites men and women between the ages of 60 and 74 (who are registered with a GP) to take part in bowel screening every two years.
You will be sent a faecal occult blood sampling kit and instructions about how to take a sample. You will also receive instructions about how to send the sample to a laboratory.
If there is a positive result, you will be referred for investigations at your local screening centre.
We host the screening centre for the Sussex Bowel Cancer Screening Programme with screening sites at:
At the screening centre, we:
The hub in Guildford: