Exploring low uptake of bowel screening in Rural West Sussex


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The NHS bowel screening checks is available to everyone aged 60 to 74 years. The programme is expanding to make it available to everyone aged 50 to 59 years. This is happening gradually over 4 years and started in April 2021.

The home test kit, is called a faecal immunochemical test (FIT), to collect a small sample of poo and send it to a lab. This is checked for tiny amounts of blood. Blood can be a sign of polyps or early indication of bowel cancer. Polyps are growths in the bowel. They are not cancer but may turn into cancer over time.

If the test finds anything unusual, you might be asked to go to hospital to have further tests.

We are trying to learn what stops people completing the Bowel FIT test. Please support us by answering the following questions.

1. Have you completed and returned the Home Screening Test?


2. If you have replied no, please provide the reasons why you have not completed the check.