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More than a third of people with abnormal bowel cancer screening results avoid later screening

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h77 (Published 07 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h77
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Almost 40% of people who have abnormal results from bowel cancer screening and are referred for further investigations do not attend follow-up screening two years later, a study of the national screening programme in England has warned.

Researchers followed up participants in the NHS bowel cancer screening programme,1 which offers faecal occult blood testing to people aged 60-74 on three occasions, each two years apart. …

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