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Bowel cancer screening programme

Research suggests that over 90 per cent of bowel cancer patients will survive for more than five years if they are diagnosed at the earliest stage (Cancer Research UK).

Bowel cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at early stages, ideally before people are experiencing symptoms, and when treatment is more likely to be effective.

The screening centre for the Dorset bowel cancer screening programme is based at Poole Hospital, with satellite screening sites at The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The programme invites all GP-registered men and women aged between 60-74 to take part in the programme every two years. Those over age 75 and over can request a screening kit, if they wish to take part, by calling 0800 707 60 60.

To find out more visit the NHS cancer screening website at or call 0800 707 60 60.

Test kits

Men and women eligable for screening will automatically receive an invitation letter, faecal occult blood (FOB) test kit and an information leaflet explaining the programme. When you return the test (by post), it will be processed and result sent back to you within two weeks.

For more information on how to use the kit visit

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Phone handset graphicBowel cancer screening information:
0800 707 60 60

Dorset Bowel Cancer Screening office helpline (8am-6.30pm): 01202 448751

Southern Hub: 0800 7086060

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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