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BowelScreen – The National Bowel Screening Programme

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:


“The test itself was very simple and only took a few minutes to complete.”

“Thanks to BowelScreen, I now get to see my grandchildren…”

Tom O’Keeffe, BowelScreen service user

Is cuid den tSeirbhís Náisiúnta Scagthástála é BowelScreen BowelScreen is part of the National Screening Service
Teach Óstaí an Rí, 200 Sráid Parnell, Baile Átha Cliath 1, Éire King’s Inns House, 200 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
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Is cuid den Rannóg Sláinte agus Folláine i bhFeidhmeannacht na Seirbhíse Sláinte í an tSeirbhís Náisiúnta Scagthástála. Cuimsíonn sí BreastCheck – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Cíoch, CervicalCheck – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Ceirbheacs, BowelScreen – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Putóige agus Diabetic RetinaScreen – An Clár Náisiúnta Scagthástála Reitiní do Dhiaibéitigh.

The National Screening Service is part of the Health and Wellbeing Division of the Health Service Executive in Ireland. It encompasses BreastCheck – The National Breast Screening Programme, CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme, BowelScreen – The National Bowel Screening Programme and Diabetic RetinaScreen – The National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme.