Programme news and press releases

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08/12/2011 | The NHS BCSP in England is on track to cut bowel cancer deaths by 16 per cent

An analysis of the first one million test results, published today in Gut reveals that the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in England is on track to cut bowel cancer deaths by 16 per cent.

18/05/2011 | NHS BCSP responds to allegations made in The Lancet Oncology

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme responds to allegations that cases of bowel cancer may be missed because of the cut off level used for the test.

07/04/2011 | Introduction of flexible sigmoidoscopy screening

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme today announced the introduction of flexible sigmoidoscopy screening as an addition to the programme.

23/03/2011 | Screening increases early bowel cancer detection

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.

28/02/2011 | ScHARR Report: Re-appraisal of the options for colorectal cancer screening

ScHARR, University of Sheffield, produce a re-appraisal of the options for colorectal (bowel) cancer screening for the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

04/10/2010 | Flexible sigmoidoscopy to be introduced

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has announced that 60 million will be invested over the next four years in a new technology, flexible sigmoidoscopy.

19/04/2006 | Bowel cancer screening to be rolled out.

The Department of Health has today issued the following statement: The National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme will be rolled out nationally over the next three years.

Bowel cancer screening pilot to continue in Coventry and North Warwickshire

Coventry and North Warwickshire are continuing as a pilot site.

The Department of Health welcomes the report on the Evaluation of the UK Colorectal Screening Pilot

We welcome this report on the first phase of this pilot; the results are encouraging and show that FOB testing can work in an NHS setting.

10,000 people say yes to Colorectal Screening

The NHS Colorectal Cancer Screening Pilot has received the 10,000th completed kit for testing today.

'Go for it' say participants of Colorectal Screening Pilot

This month marks the first anniversary of the NHS Colorectal (bowel) Cancer Screening Pilot in Coventry and Warwickshire.