Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to announce pilots of a bowel-cancer screening programme that could save 3,000 lives a year.
The screening involves a thin, bendy tube with a camera attached being placed into the rectum and lower bowel.
Currently, those aged 60-69 in England are offered faecal occult blood tests.
If any blood is found in the faeces, the person will be invited for further tests - usually a colonoscopy, where a thin, flexible tube with a camera is guided along the entire length of the large bowel.
Screening in this way allows doctors to remove growths that might otherwise turn in to cancer and treat any cancers already present.
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