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The bowel screening programme and who it's for

​Who the Jersey bowel cancer screening programme is for

The Jersey Bowel Cancer Screening Programme is expanding its service to invite eligible​ Islanders aged 55 to 65, for screening every 2 years. To discuss eligibility call +44 (0) 1534 444376 or email the Bowel Screening Team 

About the screening

In Jersey we offer the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT). It is a free home bowel screening test. This test looks for tiny amounts of blood in your stool (poo) that you might not be able to see.

Blood may be a sign of polyps or bowel cancer. Polyps are growths in the bowel. They are not cancer but may become cancerous over time, if not removed.

The FIT test involves collecting a small sample of stool (poo) with the collection kit. This is done in your own home. The kit is then posted to the laboratory using a pre-paid envelope.

The sample is analysed to see if there is any blood in it.

If you need more information email the Bowel Screening Team or call +44 (0) 1534 444376

Using the FIT kit


More translated videos from the NHS (including Portuguese and Polish)

​Write the date of your sample on the label on the sample tube.

How to complete a FIT test step 1

​Use a container or layers of toilet paper to catch your poo.

Do not let your poo touch the toilet water

How to complete a FIT test step 2

Scrape the surface of your poo to cover the grooves on the end of the stick as shown.

Don't add too much! 

How to complete a FIT test step 3

Push the lid closed with a 'click'. Flush the toilet paper and wash your hands'. 

How to complete a FIT test step 4

​Make sure you have written the date on your sample. Put the sample tube into the envelope provided and seal. 

Post your sample back within two weeks of the date on your letter.

How to complete a FIT test step 5

The results

You should receive a results letter within 3 weeks of sending in your sample. There are 2 possible outcomes

No further tests needed at this time

Most people have a normal result. It means that we did not find any blood in your sample, or only a tiny amount which is within the screening range. We will offer you bowel cancer screening again in 2 years time.

Further tests needed

A positive result means blood was found in your stool (poo). It does not necessarily mean that you have bowel cancer, but we will need to find out where the blood is coming from.

You will be offered an appointment with a Specialist Nurse to talk about having another test called a colonoscopy to look for the cause.

A colonoscopy involves passing a thin flexible tube (with a camera on the end) into the bowel . This is done in the hospital endoscopy unit. This test checks the inside of your bowel for pre-cancerous polyps and cancer.

No bowel screening test is 100% effective. A normal result doesn't mean that you definitely don't have, or will never develop bowel cancer in the future. Being aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer and reducing your risk is very important.

If you have concerns

If you have concerns about unusual bowel symptoms, visit your GP.

Easy read

Having a bowel screening easy read leaflet

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