What is Bowel Scope Screening?
In 2013, the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in partnership with the Dudley Group of Hospitals Foundation Trust was chosen as one of the six pilot sites to implement Bowel Scope Screening. NHS Bowel Scope Screening is a new test which looks inside the lower bowel. The aim is to find and remove any small growths, called polyps in the bowel that could eventually turn into cancer. The NHS offers bowel scope screening to all men and women aged 55, whose GP belongs to a site that is live with Bowel Scope Screening.
Why does the NHS offer Bowel Scope Screening?
NHS bowel scope screening helps prevent bowel cancer. For every 300 people screened, it stops 2 from getting bowel cancer and saves 1 life from bowel cancer.
Almost 19,000 patients have been screened at the Wolverhampton Bowel Cancer Screening Centre since its implementation in August 2013. Despite this, uptake is lower than expected so please encourage family, friends and colleagues who receive an invitation to attend for their screening test as bowel cancer screening helps prevent bowel cancer.
For more information, please click on the following external link:
Bowel Cancer Screening: commission, provide, inform - GOV.UK
If you are unsure about Bowel Scope Screening and would like to speak to someone, please contact the freephone helpline number on 0800 707 60 60.