Screening for Colorectal (Bowel) Cancer

Colorectal cancer (bowel cancer) is common. The prognosis (outlook) and chance of cure is much better if this cancer is detected at an early stage rather than at a later stage. A screening programme operates in the UK for all older people. The aim is to offer an easy screening test to detect colorectal cancer when it is at an early stage and before symptoms start. Some younger people with increased risk of developing colorectal cancer are also offered screening.