Bowel can­cer screen­ing shock

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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.

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