PRACTICE ADDRESS

Dear [patient name]

We understand from the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, that you have not returned your test kit for testing.

The aim of the screening programme is to detect bowel cancers at an early stage when there is a better chance of successful treatment and cure. The kit detects tiny traces of blood in your bowel motions (which you may not be aware of and are often not seen) and will identify people who may need further investigations.

We do understand that there may be good reasons why you have not returned your test kit, but we would encourage you to take part in this excellent screening programme.

Should you no longer have the test kit and now wish to take part you can call the Free phone Screening number 0800 707 60 60 to ask for another test kit.

We also enclose a leaflet which gives you more information about the screening programme.

You should continue to be aware of any bowels symptoms such as;

· A persistent change in your usual bowel habit, especially going to the toilet more often or diarrhoea

· Bleeding  from your back passage without any obvious reason or blood in your poo.

· A lump or pain in your abdomen.

Please remember that these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have bowel cancer but if you have one or more of these symptoms for more than 4 weeks then please make an appointment to see your GP here.

If, after careful consideration, you decide not to take part, please would you let us know by returning the slip below:

Your decision will have no impact on any future medical services provided by the Practice.

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I do not wish to take part in bowel cancer screening, and am aware this may delay the diagnosis of bowel cancer were I to develop it.

Name………………………………………………………………………………………

Signed…………………………………………………Date……………………………..

Yours sincerely