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April is Bowel Cancer Awareness month

If bowel cancer is found early, it’s easier to treat and there’s a better chance of recovery.

Published: 19 April 2021

Bowel cancer incidence

About 2,800 people get bowel cancer every year.

In Ireland, bowel (colon, rectal or colorectal) cancer is the third most common of all cancers in men and the fourth most common of all cancers in women.

The risk of bowel cancer

The risk of bowel cancer increases as you get older. This is why people between the ages of 60 and 69 are invited to take a bowel screening test every 2 years. If you are on our register, you will be invited to take your first home screening test between your 60th and 62nd birthday. Changes can also happen between screening tests so it’s important to have the screening test every 2 years.

Screening for bowel cancer

Register with BowelScreen for a free test kit online or Freephone 1800 45 45 55.

If you're outside the current age range of BowelScreen and are worried about bowel cancer, or if you have any symptoms of bowel cancer, speak to your GP for advice.

Read more about the BowelScreen Home Test.

Bowel Screen home test

Watch this animated video showing the steps involved in completing a free BowelScreen home test