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A study to find out what influences people to take part in bowel scope screening (Study 2)
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This study was done to find out what makes people more likely to take part in the bowel cancer screening programme. It was for people who had not been invited for screening yet. The study was supported by Cancer Research UK.
The research team also looked at why some people decided not to have screening once they had been invited to go. This is called Study 1 and we have more information about it on the link below.
More about this trial
When this study was done, some people in England were invited to take part in the bowel scope screening programme at age 55.
This test uses a thin flexible tube with a camera on the end to look inside the large bowel. It is called a flexible sigmoidoscopy or flexi scope (sometimes shortened to flexisig).
It looks for small growths in the bowel called polyps. They are not cancerous, but can develop into bowel cancer if left to grow. The test can also find cancer which is likely to be at an early stage.
This study was for people who hadn’t been invited for bowel scope screening yet.
The aim of the study was to find out whether people thought they’d go for screening once they were invited, and why.
Summary of results
- their gender, marital status and ethnic group
- whether they were employed
- whether they owned a house or car
- what their general health was like
- how much they knew about bowel cancer
- what they thought about screening
- whether they knew anyone who’d had bowel cancer
- whether they thought they would have screening once they were invited to go
- 824 (53%) said definitely yes
- 591 (38%) said probably yes
- 109 (7%) said probably no
- 31 (2%) said definitely no
- thought it would be beneficial
- were interested in other ways to help prevent cancer
- knew someone else who’d had bowel cancer
- thought the test would be painful or embarrassing
- had a healthy lifestyle (and so didn’t think they were at risk of bowel cancer)
- being interested in cancer prevention
- knowing someone who’d had cancer
- thinking screening would be beneficial
- having type 1 or type 2 diabetes
- thinking the test may be painful or embarrassing
- being in a lower socio-economic group
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Dr Christian von Wagner
Cancer Research UK
University College London (UCL)