NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

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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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