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BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 14 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3277

Only two in five people return bowel screening test kits regularly: A study of over 60 000 people in southern England aged 60-64 years found that 70% sent back at least one bowel screening test kit over six years but that only 44% sent back all three tests.1 It also found that people from more deprived backgrounds were less likely to take part in bowel cancer screening than those from affluent backgrounds. Tests need to be done every two years to maximise the chance of detecting cancer.


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