The NHS bowel cancer screening programme in England is on track to cut bowel cancer deaths by 16%, according to an analysis of the first 1.08 million faecal occult blood tests, but there are concerns that the current method is not picking up diseases as well on the right side of the body as on the left. A paper on the analysis appeared online in the journal Gut on 7 December.
A current statement from the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP) says that to date, around 12 million faecal occult blood (FOB) test kits have been sent out and over 11,000 cancers have been detected.
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