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Go-ahead for bowel screening

The Government has committed itself to a national bowel cancer screening programme but has yet to decide which test to use.

National cancer director Professor Mike Richards gave the go-ahead for a national roll-out last week. But the Department of Health remains undecided on whether screening will be conducted by routine sigmoidoscopy or faecal occult blood test.

Research has demonstrated that screening can cut mortality by up to 15 per cent.

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