I received an invitation by letter a few weeks ago to collect from my doctor a kit to test my poo for cancers, etc. It consists of a paper poo catcher that has to be stuck in place over to toilet bowl to catch the poo; a set of spatulas for taking a pair of samples from the collected poo, and a card with three compartments to hold the scrapings. Everyone over 50 years old is being sent these letters and we have to take three sample on either 3 consecutive days or within a period of ten days. As far as I am aware there was no such scheme running in the UK before I left and I wondered if that has changed or is France ahead of the UK in this respect. I must admit that although it is a little unpleasant diversion to my normal morning routine I find it less daunting than waiting for something nasty to manifest itself and then having a doc ******* my prostrate looking for clues. I was also told in the invitation letter that 97% will be normal and only 3% will need to be investigated. Wish me luck I will let you know how I get on.