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Bowel cancer screening: colonoscopy

This leaflet provides information on having a colonoscopy if further tests are needed after using the NHS bowel cancer screening test kit.

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Bowel cancer screening: having a colonoscopy (FIT) Arabic

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Bowel cancer screening: having a colonoscopy (FIT) Bengali

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Bowel cancer screening: having a colonoscopy (FIT) Farsi

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Bowel cancer screening: having a colonoscopy (FIT) Gujarati

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Bowel cancer screening: having a colonoscopy (FIT) Polish

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Bowel cancer screening: having a colonoscopy (FIT) Portuguese

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Bowel cancer screening: having a colonoscopy (FIT) Punjabi

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Bowel cancer screening: having a colonoscopy (FIT) Chinese

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Bowel cancer screening: having a colonoscopy (FIT) Traditional Chinese

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Bowel cancer screening: having a colonoscopy (FIT) Urdu

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Details

The NHS sends this leaflet to anyone who needs to have further tests after using the NHS bowel cancer screening test kit.

Free printed copies of this leaflet are available to the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme hubs (and their mailing companies) to send with letters referring people for a specialist screening practitioner (SSP) appointment to discuss having a colonoscopy.

You can view a PDF of the printed leaflet on the APS online ordering portal (requires login).

Translations are available to view or download in 10 languages. Please note these will shortly be updated.

Published 1 February 2015
Last updated 14 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated information on the use of personal data in the HTML document.

  2. Updated information on data use, clarified terms and removed PDF.

  3. Updated medicine instructions in Before your colonoscopy section.

  4. A new version of the colonoscopy leaflet is now available. We send this leaflet to people who have had an abnormal screening result using the new faecal occult test (FIT) kit for bowel cancer screening. This new leaflet is also available in HTML format. It can be viewed and printed in large print, and accessed using a screen reader. Translations are also available in 10 languages.

  5. Removed translated versions of the leaflet which are out-of-date.

  6. Addition of link to new audio version of leaflet

  7. First published.