The new test, called FIT – faecal immunochemical test – was introduced in 2017 and uptake has risen from 55.4% to 63.9%, the first time national uptake has been higher than the standard of 60%.
“This report is good news in that we’re seeing a significant rise in screening uptake in the first year since this new test was introduced.
“Screening for bowel cancer saves lives, and the new test has helped make it easier for people to take part. This is encouraging because detecting cancer at an early stage means it’s more likely to be treated successfully.”
Gordon Matheson, from Cancer Research UK