Screening increases early bowel cancer detection

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23rd March, 2011

Cancer Research UK released figures today which show that more bowel cancers are being detected at an early stage since the introduction of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. In 2006 when screening first started, the rate of bowel cancer cases was 143.5 cases per 100,000 people aged 60-69. By 2008, the figure was 161.5 per 100,000 people an increase of over 12 per cent. Catherine Thomson, Head of Statistics at CRUK was quoted as saying "without the screening programme it's likely that many of these cancers would not have been found for another few years, by which time they would be harder to treat".

Professor Julietta Patnick CBE, Director of the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, comments "we welcome these new statistics demonstrating the great achievement of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. Screening saves lives and I would like to congratulate all those working in the Programme throughout the NHS. As this new data shows, regular bowel cancer screening detects cases earlier and we encourage all those who receive a bowel screening kit to make the decision to complete and return it."

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