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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Overall, the pilot study represented a significant increase in the detection rate when compared to the faecal occult blood tests that are currently used in the NHS bowel cancer screening programme.
The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme is estimated to cut deaths from the disease by 25 per cent among those who complete the test at least once* Phil Bliss, Consultant Gastroenterologist at Aintree University Hospital and Clinical Director of Merseyside and North Cheshire Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, said: "We know that regular bowel cancer screening really can save lives.
It's aimed at men and women aged 60-74 years to encourage them to take part in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening programme.
It's aimed at men and women aged 60-74 to encourage them to take part in the NHS bowel cancer screening programme. People in this age bracket receive an NHS bowel cancer screening kit routinely through the post every two years.
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.
Sara Hiom of Cancer Research UK said: "These results provide real encouragement that FIT can further improve our ability to increase screening uptake." Deborah Alsina of Bowel Cancer UK added: "Only around half of those invited take part in the NHS bowel cancer screening programme. "These exciting results show introducing the FIT test could help address that." Work | in an office or factory with little or no natural light?
Guidelines for the use of imaging in the NHS bowel cancer screening programme. (No.
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.