The programme will offer a BowelScreen home test kit to women and men aged 60 to 69 every two years.
The BowelScreen programme is delivered by the National Screening Service in Ireland. The National Screening Service also provides BreastCheck - The National Breast Screening Programme and CervicalCheck - The National Cervical Screening Programme.
Bowel cancer is also known as colon, rectal or colorectal cancer. The bowel screening test looks for tiny amounts of blood which are not visible to the eye. Bowel screening does not tell if there is bowel cancer but it might tell that more tests are needed.
Video about how to use the BowelScreen home test kit: