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UK committee recommends flexible sigmoidoscopy to screen for bowel cancer

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 08 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2325
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

The UK National Screening Committee has recommended that flexible sigmoidoscopy be introduced to the national screening programme for bowel cancer, after reviewing available evidence and a public consultation on the issue.

The committee, which advises the health services of all four UK countries on national screening policy, looked at new evidence on the options for screening for colorectal cancer.

Jim Chilcott, senior research fellow at the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield, reappraised the options for colorectal screening on the basis of new data from three sources: the …

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