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The Surrey Bowel Cancer Centre is part of the National Screening programme http://www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/bowel/ The service operates as a joint venture between Frimley Park Hospital Foundation Trust and Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust. It was also set-up in conjunction with the Surrey West Sussex & Hants (SWSH) Cancer Network and Surrey PCT to provide a service to cover the population of Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex borders (approx 1.5 million people).
Bowel cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage (in people with no symptoms), when treatment is more likely to be effective. Bowel cancer screening can also detect polyps. These are not cancers, but may develop into cancers over time. They can easily be removed, reducing the risk of bowel cancer developing.
Bowel Screening Kit
The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 74.
People in this age group will automatically be sent an invitation, then their screening kit, so they can do the test at home.
After your first screening test, you will be sent another invitation and screening kit every two years until you reach 74.
If you are aged 74 or over, you can ask for a screening kit by calling the Freephone number: 0800 7076060
The screening test detects tiny amounts of blood, which you cannot normally see, in your bowel motions. It is called the Faecal Occult Blood (FOB) test (‘occult blood’ means hidden blood).
Polyps and bowel cancers sometimes bleed, which is why we screen for blood in your bowel motions.
The FOB test does not diagnose bowel cancer, but the results will tell you whether you need an examination of your bowel (a colonoscopy).
You carry out the FOB test in the privacy of your own home. The screening kit provides a simple way for you to collect small samples of your bowel motions. You wipe the samples on a special card, which you then send in a hygienically sealed Freepost envelope to a laboratory for testing. There are detailed instructions with each kit. You may think that doing the test sounds a bit embarrassing or unpleasant, but it will only take a few minutes and it is an effective way to detect bowel cancer early.
Screening clinics run by the Specialist Screening Practitioners (SSP’s) currently run on the following sites:
Screening colonoscopies are provided on two sites.
Tel 01483 408357
Fax 01483 408358
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