Bowel Cancer Screening

Bowel Cancer Screening

Bowel cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage when treatment is more likely to be effective. Hinchingbrooke Hospital’s Bowel Cancer Screening Centre is responsible for screening the people of North Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire, as part of the national cancer screening programme.

Who gets screened?

If you’re aged between 60 and 69, you will automatically be sent your screening invitation through the post once the screening programme has started. All you need to do is make sure that your GP has the correct address details for you.

When will I get my screening invitation?

When screening starts, not all invitations can be sent out at once. Populations are divided up into age groups, and invitations are spread out over the first two years of screening. This means you may wait up to two years for your first screening invitation. Invitations are sent out around the time of your birthday. After your first screening test, you will be sent another invitation and screening kit every two years until you reach 69. If you are aged 70 or over, you can ask for a screening kit by calling the Freephone number below.

Worried about symptoms?

If you are worried about any symptoms that you may have then don’t wait for a screening invite – speak to your GP to put your mind at rest.

Contact us

For more information and advice, there’s a free Bowel Cancer Screening helpline: 0800 707 60 60, or you can visit