Bowel Cancer Screening - it saves 2,400 lives each year

We want all of our residents to live long and happy lives.  So, we're raising awareness of bowel cancer screening throughout our west Essex communities. 

Did you know...


  • The test is quick and easy to use

  • It's available free to everyone aged 60 to 74 (every two years)

  • When it's your turn, it will be automatically sent to your home address 

  • You complete it at home and return it by post

  • It can detect bowel cancer before you experience any symptoms

  • The test is called a FIT test which stands for faecal immunochemical test.

  • You must be registered with a GP to receive a test


Calling all dads, grandads, uncles, brothers, sons...

We're launching our advertising campaign a week before Father's Day for a very important reason.  Our figures are telling us that in west Essex, men are falling behind women when it comes to returning their bowel cancer screening tests. 


We want to close this gap and potentially save lives. 


Come on men, return your kits

So when you get together this Father's Day or over the summer, make sure you ask your loved ones whether they have a kit laying around at home, and if so encourage them to send it back.  And if they've lost it, no problem, simply call the helpline below and we'll send out a replacement.

Bowel Cancer Screening Helpline

Call Free: 0800 707 60 60 

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Cancer Information

This section provides useful information on cancer screening, spotting early signs and symptoms, as well as information on local and national cancer events and initiatives.

Cancer Support

Learn more about cancer support services available in your local part of west Essex.

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COVID-19 vaccines and boosters for west Essex

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> Cervical screening saves 4,500* lives a year.  So, why are women in west Essex missing out? 

*It's estimated cervical screening saves 4,500 in England

Source - (NHS Digital - Open Exeter/Public Health England (PHE)

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Our mission

Empowering our west Essex communities

With the busy lives we lead, we often forget to look after our own health needs. 

My Health Essex, is here to help you do just that, "take care of yourself". 

By providing regular updates on health initiatives and services in your area, you’ll be better informed to make the lifestyle choices that are right for you and your family.

And when you, or those you care about, need advice or support, we'll guide you to the correct information.

As well as our regular features, there's a helpful directory of local services and helplines.

It's our mission to support each and every person living in west Essex, to have access to the health services and information they need to support their well-being.