New bowel cancer screening test is recommended for England

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 18 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i273
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A simpler, more sensitive home screening test for bowel cancer has been recommended for use in the NHS bowel cancer screening programme in England.

The UK National Screening Committee has recommended that the faecal immunochemical test (FIT) should replace the current guaiac faecal occult blood test, as it allows for detection and prevention of more cancers and is easier to use. Last year Scotland committed to adopting FIT, which is also recommended in the European guideline for colorectal cancer screening.

Currently more than 235 000 people in the United Kingdom have bowel …

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