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New screening tests for bowel cancer

PUBLISHED: 14:48 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:31 11 August 2010

ELDERLY patients in Barking and Dagenham will be sent invitations for screening tests by the Primary Care Trust (PCT). This new approach follows the launch of an NHS programme designed to detect bowel cancer. Men and women aged 60 – 69 will receive a lett

ELDERLY patients in Barking and Dagenham will be sent invitations for screening tests by the Primary Care Trust (PCT).

This new approach follows the launch of an NHS programme designed to detect bowel cancer.

Men and women aged 60 - 69 will receive a letter every two years asking them to attend the PCT centre in Barking.

Around 83 people are diagnosed with the condition in the borough annually and men are more likely to suffer from bowel cancer than women.

Residents who are over 70 can request a screening kit by calling the PCT free helpline on 0800 707 6060.


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