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Scottish Bowel Screening Programme Restarts After Pandemic Lockdown

The Scottish Bowel Screening Programme formally restarts on the 12th October following a brief suspension due to the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. Bowel Cancer is highly treatable if caught early, and bowel screening is an incredibly effective, and quick, way to help find bowel cancer early. Read Bowel Cancer UK’s update here

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The NICE FIT Study is awarded the ACPGBI BJS Prize

Congratulations to Nigel D’Souza and the NICE FIT Study Team for winning the ACPGBI BJS Prize, for their work on FIT in symptomatic patients. The NICE FIT study was funded by NHS England to investigate whether the FIT (faecal immunochemical test) could be used to exclude bowel cancer in our population in England. To find

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Navigating the storm of COVID‐19 for patients with suspected bowel cancer

Correspondence to the BJS Society from Mr. Nigel D’Souza and Mr. Muti Abulafi regarding the use of FIT in the colorectal cancer two-week-wait (2WW) pathway, during the COVID-19 pandemic. With limitations on endoscopy resources during the pandemic, the authors outline the importance of appropriate triaging to alleviate the burden on endoscopy resource, whilst achieving maximum

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Transition to quantitative faecal immunochemical testing – A paper from the Scottish Bowel Screening Programme

Read this paper from the Scottish Bowel Screening Programme on the transition from guaiac based Faecal Occult Blood tests (gFOBT) to faecal immunochemical testing (FIT) in the Screening population. The authors conclude; “Transition to FIT from FOBT produced higher uptake and positivity with lower PPV for CRC and higher PPV for adenoma”. Read the paper

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Using Relay UK to Make the Bowel Cancer Screening Helpline More Accessible

One of Public Health England (PHE) Screening’s objectives is to reduce inequalities and overcome barriers to screening. One way we can do this is to promote the Relay UK service. Click Here to Read the Article from Public Health England

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Not FIT for the bin – the importance of bowel screening

A blog from Katy Parker, a PHE Screening helpdesk advisor, about the importance of the Bowel Screening test after her father, who sadly passed away after a short battle with Bowel Cancer, admitted to having never done the test. Read the full blog post from Public Health Screening

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Dame Julie Walters Reveals Shock of Bowel Cancer Diagnosis

Dame Julie Walters has revealed she was diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer. The actress, who has starred in Mamma Mia, Billy Elliot and Educating Rita, told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire she initially thought doctors “must have made a mistake”. Having had chemotherapy, the actress has now been given the all clear. Read the full

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Uptake in Bowel Cancer Screening in Scotland Remains Above Target Since FIT Test Introduced

Uptake of bowel screening in Scotland has increased from 56.2% to 64.1%, for comparable 18-month periods before and after the introduction of FIT. Prior to this new screening test, national uptake had never previously reached the standard of 60%. The Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), was launched on 20th November 2017, replacing the Faecal Occult Blood Test

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NHS Staff Shortages Mean Patients Miss Out on Early Bowel Cancer Diagnosis

Around 1,100 people in England could miss out on the chance of an early stage bowel cancer diagnosis through screening each year because of NHS staff shortages, according to new calculations released by Cancer Research UK today. Read the full article from Cancer Research UK

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Patients to Help Trial New Bowel Cancer Test

Hundreds of patients are being asked to help trial a test that could detect or rule out bowel cancer without the need for hospital investigations. The test could one day mean that people showing possible bowel cancer symptoms would no longer require a colonoscopy or a CT scan. “It would provide much faster results, be

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