Over 70s should also get screening for bowel cancerBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7569.620-c (Published 21 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:620
- Rebecca Coombes
The new bowel cancer screening programme could be missing a quarter of detectable cases because it only targets a limited range of ages of older people, a leading medical editor has claimed.
Dr Ike Iheanacho, editor of the Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin, which evaluates medical treatments, said people in England were being put at risk of bowel cancer because only those aged 60-69 years are being screened (2006;44). In Scotland, the age band will span from 50 to 74 years, when screening starts next August.
Bowel cancer screening, which …