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    Community pharmacy option for antihypertensives referral sees little increase in GP workload

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a men women toilet signNovember 28 2017

Public Health England is warning that over two fifths of eligible adults are not using the postal screening service for bowel cancer.

Despite 2.6 million people aged over 60 submitting samples, 59% of those eligible and a 3% annual increase on uptake in 2016-17, “this is still significantly lower compared to other cancer screening programmes – breast screening (76%) and cervical screening (72%),” said PHE.

Men in particular seem embarrassed about providing a stool sample, so PHE is urging “wives, partners and daughters to encourage the older men in the family – as well as the women – to overcome any embarrassment and ensure they send in a sample to be tested.”

The bowel cancer screening test is sent to all men and women aged between 60 and 74. The one-off bowel scope screening test is also offered to men and women at the age of 55. Over 3,000 bowel cancers were diagnosed through screening last year, and were detected at an early stage in over 90% of these cases.

Professor Anne Mackie, PHE’s director of screening, said: “It’s of great concern that four out of every ten over-60 year olds are not taking up the offer of getting tested for bowel cancer.

“Bowel cancer causes 13,000 deaths every year, which is why screening is so important. Embarrassment over giving a stool sample may be causing thousands of preventable deaths. But with a new home test kit next year making it much easier to get screened, we are hoping to see numbers increase.”

PHE is encouraging GP to endorse screening invitation letters.

Links:
PHE announcement         
PHE/NHS. ‘Screening Programmes in England 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017’                  

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