Bowel cancer screening shock
Shocking statistics reveal that Lanarkshire has the worst take- up rate in the country for a bowel screening programme credited with saving lives.
It has emerged that across NHS Lanarkshire, nearly half of those invited to take part in the high- profile Scottish Bowel Screening Programme – which sends self-test kits to people aged between 50 and 74 – failed to take part.
And this is despite the fact that NHS Lanarkshire had the highest number of those returning positive test results for possible bowel cancer.
In the last two years, 190,000 people across the area were invited to participate in the project.
Only 99,000 accepted, meaning the uptake rate of 52.2 per cent was Scotland’s worst, and well below the national average of 57.6 per cent.
Lanarkshire was the only place in Scotland where fewer than 50 per cent of males took part.
More worryingly, the report revealed that results of those who did take part suggested people in Lanarkshire were most likely to test positive and go on to have treatment for bowel cancer.
Nearly three per cent of males tested positive in the area, along with two per cent of females – both the highest rates in the country.