Faecal Immunochemical Testing News


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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New FIT Bowel Cancer Test Leads to Screening Rate Rise in Scotland

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

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Patient Feedback Shows The Importance of Bowel Cancer Screening

The Scottish Bowel Screening Programme recently received some great feedback from a patient, thanking them for their work on Bowel Cancer detection. The new, easier to use FIT test detected blood in 75 year old Ron’s stool, prompting further testing which confirmed a cancerous growth. “My thanks to you and your team for the probable

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Research Nurses at St Mary’s Hospital are recognised for their outstanding work with the NICE FIT Study

Research Nurses at St Mary’s Hospital have been recognised for their outstanding collaborative working on research to support the National Bowel Screening Programme. Despite being the smallest team in the Wessex region, the Isle of Wight nurses managed to recruit the 2nd highest number of patients to the NICE FIT study, funded by NHS England, only

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Northern Ireland FIT Bowel Cancer Screening

Northern Ireland Announce Change To New Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) for Bowel Cancer Screening

After years of campaigning, today the Department of Health in Northern Ireland pledge to replace the bowel cancer screening test in Northern Ireland with the new, more accurate Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) from early 2020. Deborah Alsina MBE, Chief Executive of Bowel Cancer UK says: We are delighted that the Department of Health has finally

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10 years on – Scotland Reflects on the Past Ten Years of Bowel Cancer Screening

Being the first country in the world to launch a bowel screening programme, Prof. Bob Steele reflects on the past ten years and how far the programme has come discussing lessons learned what the future may hold. Click Here to Read the Article from the SCPN Blog

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New FIT Bowel Cancer Screening Test Leads to Increased Uptake in Scotland

[…] from November 2017 to April 2018, 64% of those eligible returned their FIT. In the same period the year before, uptake of the previous test was 56%. The biggest improvement in participation with FIT has been amongst those living in the most deprived areas – up from 42.0% to 51.8%. Read the full article

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Cancer Insight – FIT Bowel Screening in Wales (GPs)

FIT for Wales On 28 January 2019 Faecal Immunochemical testing (FIT) will start to replace guaiac Faecal Occult Blood testing (gFOBt) in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in Wales. Roll out will be phased with 1 in 28 people receiving the new kit from the end of January. Full roll out is expected in June 2019. This newsletter produced

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