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New screening tests for bowel and cervical cancer are to be piloted in NHS

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8455 (Published 12 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8455
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

New cancer screening tests are to be piloted in the NHS in England, the health secretary announced this week at the Britain against Cancer conference in London.

Condemning the variation in outcomes among people who develop bowel cancer, with five year survival from bowel cancer ranging from 68% of patients in the best areas to 40% in the worst, Jeremy Hunt said, “This cannot be right.”

He announced that pilot schemes using flexible sigmoidoscopy to screen for bowel cancer would be launched next March by trusts in five areas of England: Norwich, South of Tyne, northwest London,, Surrey, West Kent, and Wolverhampton. All people aged over 55 would be invited.

Deborah Alsina, chief executive of the …

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