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Bowel Cancer: Screening

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he issues on bowel cancer screening services in the NHS; and if he will make a statement. (197633)

Advice to the national health service to participate in Wave 1 (2006-07) and Wave 2 (2007-08) of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (NHS BCSP) was issued in July 2005 and February 2007 respectively. Advice to the NHS for bids to participate in Wave 3 (2008-09) of the NHS BCSP will be issued shortly.

Copies of this advice, and all NHS BCSP guidance and quality standards, have been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been screened for bowel cancer in each year since 1997. (197634)

The information requested is not available prior to July 2006.

Roll out of the national NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme only began in April 2006, with the first invitations sent out in July 2006. Full national implementation is expected by December 2009.

Between July 2006 and 14 March 2008, 1,019,915 testing kits were sent out, of these 552,577 kits have been returned, and there have been 9,768 positive results.