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Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Don’t take the risk, take the test.               _56624139_bowel_screening

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland after lung and breast cancer. Every year, almost 4,000 people are diagnosed with the disease. For men the risk of getting colorectal cancer over the age of 50 is 1 in 18 (5.5%) and for women the equivalent risk is 1 in 22 (4.5%).

The Scottish Bowel Screening Programme invites all men and women in Scotland between the ages of 50 to 74 for screening every two years. They are invited using their CHI number and a letter is sent to the address at which they are registered with Practitioner Service Division. Once a patient is 'called' they will be recalled during the same month every 2 years until they are 75.

The GPs in the Stonelaw practice would recommend that all patients in this age group participate in the  national bowel screening programme.

Bowel Screening in Scotland

The overall uptake rate for the bowel screening programme in Scotland is 52% for men and 58% for women. Within areas of greatest deprivation the uptake rate is around 42% and this rises to 63% in the least deprived areas of Scotland. Around 2% of screened patients will be asked to attend for a colonoscopy but only approximately 10% this group will have cancer.

The results for the Stonelaw practice are as below - PLEASE HELP US IMPROVE THESE RESULTS by participating in the programme.





Non Response


Non Response


Non Response








If your test kit is lost or needs replaced, please call Scottish Bowel Screening Helpline 0800 01218333.  bowel-screening-kit-(page-picture-large)


Resources and Further Information:

More information on bowel screening is available from -

Scottish Bowel Screening Programme website:

NHS inform:

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