Bowel cancer screening: the facts (English and translations)


The Northern Ireland Bowel Cancer Screening Programme is introducing quantitative faecal immunochemical testing (FIT) as the primary bowel cancer screening test in January 2021. Quantitative FIT is more sensitive than the existing test, simpler to carry out and requires only one sample rather than three. In other parts of the UK introducing FIT has resulted in an increase in screening uptake.

This leaflet provides information on bowel cancer and the Northern Ireland Bowel cancer screening programme.

A large print accessible version of this leaflet is available below as a Word document.

Please note the translations are of the 2020 version.

Further information on the bowel cancer screening programme is available on NI direct at Bowel cancer screening | nidirect



8 pages, A5 leaflet
Target group
Prospective participants in the Northern Ireland Bowel Cancer Screening Programme