It is recommended that you participate in bowel cancer screening every time you receive an invitation and after you have read the information materials provided and carefully considered the potential benefits and harms of screening. Screening programmes in the European Union vary with respect to the age groups invited and the interval between invitations, depending on each country’s bowel cancer burden, local resources, and the type of screening test used. Most programmes invite men and women for bowel cancer screening starting from age 50–60 years, and from then on, every 2 years if the screening test is the guaiac faecal occult blood test (FOBT) or faecal immunochemical test (FIT), or every 10 years or more if the screening test is colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy. Most programmes continue sending invitations to screening up to age 70–75 years. If you have any questions, discuss them with your doctor or health-care provider.