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Bowel cancer screening warning

16th April 2014

The uptake of the bowel cancer screenings among the eligible 60- to 74-year-old age group is currently at a national level of 58%, which is lower than both cervical and breast cancer screenings (79% and 72% respectively). 

cancercellThe charity, Beating Bowel Cancer, urged more people to come forward and for Public Health England to make it a priority to increase these numbers.

One of the suggested reasons for the low uptake to screening is the relatively new process which started in 2006. Since the national average uptake is 58%, this also means there are certain regions with much lower figures. West London, for example, has an uptake level of 42% for their eligible age group.

The chief executive at Beating Bowel Cancer - Mark Flannagan said: "We must do better than this.

"We know that bowel cancer screening saves lives by leading to early diagnosis yet in some areas fewer than half of those eligible are actually taking it up."

The testing process consists of blood tests being sent out via post to everyone within the target population every two years.

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