“I think it’s essential that people keep signing up to these type of trials to push research forward.”
A study to find out why some bowel screening test results show blood when there is no cancer
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This study is trying to find out why some people’s bowel screening test results show blood in the stool when they don’t have bowel cancer.
Everyone in England between the ages of 60 and 69 receives an invitation to take part in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. Along with a letter they receive a kit to collect a tiny amount of stool (faeces).
The stool is tested for blood. If the results show that there is blood in the sample, you have a further bowel test called a
The researchers want to understand more about why this is so.
Who can enter
You may be able to enter this study if you are attending a screening clinic at your local hospital before having a colonoscopy.
This is an observational study. It will recruit 2,500 people. A copy of your information is stored on a secure computer database at Oxford. The researchers will look at this information along with the results of your colonoscopy.
They may send you a follow up questionnaire a year later. It will ask you about any illnesses you have had since your screening. They will give you a pre paid addressed envelope to return the questionnaire in.
There are no extra hospital visits if you agree to take part in this study.
There are no side effects to taking part in this study.
How to join a clinical trial
Please note: In order to join a trial you will need to discuss it with your doctor, unless otherwise specified.
Prof Julietta Patnick
Cancer Research UK
NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme
National Institute for Health Research Cancer Research Network (NCRN)
University of Oxford