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GP invitations to bowel cancer screening 'increases uptake by 40,000'

Practices sending headed letters inviting patients for bowel cancer screening can increase uptake and enhance cancer detection, a study has found.

The research, published in the British Journal of Cancer, found that nearly 40,000 extra people would be screened if practice invites were sent out nationally.

This could enable an additional 61 people with cancer and 165 people with intermediate or high risk polyps to be identified and referred for treatment.

Researchers concluded that GP practice names should be added to invitations given out by the NHS bowel screening programme, given the ‘high level of agreement by GPs to endorse it’ and the increased screening uptake.

It comes after it was found in an audit last year that