“I think it’s essential that people keep signing up to these type of trials to push research forward.”
A study to identify why people decide not to take part in bowel scope screening (Study 1)
In this study researchers wanted to find out why some people decide not to take part in the bowel scope screening programme. It was supported by Cancer Research UK
The research team are also looking at what people think about having screening, before they are offered the test. This is called Study 2 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. It can also find cancer which is likely to be at an early stage.
In this study researchers wanted to look at the attitudes and understanding of people who decided to take part, and those who decided not to.
The main aim of Study 1 was to find out why some people had decided not to take part in the bowel scope screening programme.
Summary of results
- their gender, ethnic group and level of education
- level of deprivation – a combination of factors such as health, income, employment, crime levels and housing
- whether they had read the information they’d been given about the screening programme
- how much they knew and understood about the aim of the screening programme
- whether they responded to the invitation or not
- why some people decided not to go for screening
- non responders – people who didn’t reply to the invitation
- non attenders – people who replied to say they would go but didn’t attend the appointment
- active decliners – people who replied to say they weren’t going
- not sure
- had decided to go for screening
- had read the information
- had a higher level of education
- were less deprived
- it would be too embarrassing (non responders)
- they didn’t want or couldn’t have an enema to empty the bowel before the scope (non attenders)
- they didn’t think they needed the test - some had had a similar test recently (active decliners)
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Dr Christian von Wagner
Cancer Research UK
University College London (UCL)