NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

A national UK programme for detecting colorectal cancer at an early and more treatable stage through biennial testing for faecal occult blood (FOB).

The patient receives a test kit by mail with simple instructions:
(1) Defecate;
(2) Select a sample;
(3) Put on FOB target ring;
(4) Mail to testing hub.

Downsides of FOB testing as a cancer screen
(1) It is relatively insensitive to early—i.e., the most treatable—cancers; postcode inequalities are common.
(2) Not all early colorectal cancers bleed. More elegant (and more expensive) tests which detect abnormal DNA in stool samples may be up to 4 times more sensitive than FOB testing to early bowel cancer.
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It's aimed at men and women aged 60-74 to encourage them to take part in the NHS bowel cancer screening programme.
Senp Denis Kilcommons: NHS Bowel Cancer Screening programme is an undignified test for the over 60s I sincerely hope Denis Kilcommons' minor embarrassment at his own 'doings' in private do not put off other people from completing the test.
Deborah Alsina of Bowel Cancer UK added: "Only around half of those invited take part in the NHS bowel cancer screening programme.
Both screening procedures are offered as part of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, which is managed by PHE.
Researchers said that once the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme has been established for several more years, and has been rolled out completely to people aged 60-74 years, they would expect to see fewer late-stage cancers.
Screening involves a simple home-testing kit which you then send to a laboratory Call the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme helpline on 0800 707 60 60.
Advisers from Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust and New Cross Hospital will be at the home match with Southampton at Molineux on Saturday handing out leaflets and advice and information on the NHS bowel cancer screening programme.
AS if getting old isn't bad enough, when people reach the age of 60 they are invited to take part in what is possibly the most undigni-fied medical test ever: the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.