Faecal Immunochemical Testing News


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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Review article by Prof. Callum Fraser regarding the use of FIT in assessment of patients with lower bowel symptoms

Recently published in The Surgeon, Journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons or Edinburgh and Ireland, Prof Fraser discusses the use of FIT to triage patients and be used to aid decision making. “FIT are now proven to be very useful in the timely assessment of patients with symptoms of lower bowel disease. In particular,

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Scottish Bowel Screening Facebook Page

New Scottish Bowel Screening Programme Facebook Page

The Scottish Bowel Screening Programme offers screening to residents in Scotland age 50 and over. Visit their new Facebook page to see what people are saying about the introduction of the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) in Scotland.

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Poor Bowel Screening Returns

Half of over 60s in England are ignoring bowel cancer screening kits

According to research in the European Journal of Cancer, half of people in England sent a home-testing kit for bowel cancer in 2015 did not use it. Cancer Research UK said people were missing out on a test that could reduce their risk of dying from bowel cancer by up to 25%. The charity said it

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Bowel Cancer Screening Age in England to be Reduced to 50

Public Health England has announced that screening for Bowel Cancer in England is to be reduced from 60 to 50 years old. At present in England, men and women are first invited for bowel cancer screening at 60 and sent a home test kit every two years up to the age of 74. The change brings

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Bowel Cancer UK Unveil Their New Brand

Following the merger of Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer in January 2018, the charity has revealed its new name and brand. Deborah Alsina MBE, Chief Executive of Bowel Cancer UK, says: “It’s a very exciting time for the charity as we unveil our new brand following our merger. Bowel cancer is the UK’s

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