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Half of over-60s ignore lifesaving bowel cancer screening

Half of people invited to bowel screening for the first time in 2015 didn’t take part, according to the latest figures from Cancer Research UK

Committee recommends upgrades to NHS bowel and cervical screening programmes

The UK National Screening Committee has proposed changes to existing screening programmes for bowel and cervical cancer.

More than a third of people with abnormal results drop out of bowel cancer screening

Almost 40 per cent of people who have abnormal results from bowel cancer screening tests ignore their next screening invitation two years later.

70 per cent take part in bowel screening but not enough do it regularly

70 per cent of people send back at least one bowel screening test kit, but only around 40 per cent return kits consistently.

Consumer group raises concerns about self-test health kits

DIY health kits that are bought off-the-shelf and carried out at home may do more harm than good for some people, Which? has warned.

Research backs benefits of new bowel cancer test

A test being introduced by the Government is effective at detecting bowel cancer, a US study has confirmed.

Study confirms 'flexi scope' test reduces bowel cancer deaths

A bowel cancer screening test, soon to be introduced in England, reduces the number of new cases and deaths from the disease, a US study has confirmed.

Series of measures 'could cut bowel cancer deaths by nearly two-thirds'

The number of UK bowel cancer deaths could be cut by nearly two-thirds within the next 15 years if certain recommendations are followed, according to the charity Bowel...

Over 12 per cent more bowel cancer cases found in over 60s because of screening

Bowel cancer rates in 60 to 69 year olds went up by more than 12 per cent in England from 2006 to 2008, according to the latest figures from Cancer Research UK.

Rich 50 per cent more likely to take part in bowel screening

Affluent people are 50 per cent more likely to take part in bowel cancer screening than their deprived counterparts, according to a study published in the British Journal...