As part of Bowel Cancer Awareness month, we’re running a series of mini-blogs from cancer experts. Here’s the next instalment from Bowel Cancer Nurse Specialist, Aileen Roy.

I should like the public aged over 50, to do the test, and help prevent cancer. If found early cancer is more likely to be curable. The bowel screening test can be done in the comfort of your home bathroom.

A positive test does not mean you have bowel cancer.

If you are asked to go for a colonoscopy, this will be done soon after the test results are received and results known quickly. If polyps are found, these can be taken away at colonoscopy and reduce your cancer risk. Some people may have another bowel condition (not cancer) which causes a positive test and then appropriate treatment can also be provided for that improve wellbeing as well as bowel health.

Don’t duck the test.

Aileen Roy
Bowel Cancer Nurse Specialist, Ayrshire and Arran

Stay tuned throughout the week for further instalments. Each instalment will be viewable here ( and shared on our social media channels.