The guaiac Faecal Occult Blood Test (gFOBT) has been replaced with Faecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT). Bowel cancer screening is offered every 2 years to men and women aged 60 to 74.
FIT is a modern and effective screening test, aiming to detect asymptomatic individuals at an early stage, when treatment is more likely to be effective, and to detect and remove polyps. Evidence suggests that using FIT in the bowel screening programme will increase uptake by 8-10% across London. The initial sensitivity threshold for FIT is 120µg/g.
Bowel scope is a one-off test offered to men and women at 55, complementary to gFOBT/FIT screening. For every 300 people screened, two are prevented from developing bowel cancer and one death from bowel cancer is prevented.
In the future bowel screening will be looking to:
Bowel Screening Hub Helpline t: 0800 707 60 60.
Patients can call this number if they have missed their bowel screening or are older than 74 and would like additional screening every two years.