The programme will introduce a new improved home test kit for screening from April 2018. It is call a faecal immunochemical test (FIT) and it will replace the guaiac faecal occult blood test (gFOBt). It’s important that GPs and others working in primary care understand this change to the screening programme and its implications for their patients, so here is a brief summary.
Cervical screening saves an estimated 5,000 lives a year by detecting abnormalities of the cervix early and referring women for effective treatment.
Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK and the second leading cause of cancer deaths.
A total of 111 out of 139 maternity trusts are now using the NIPE SMART IT system.
PHE screening team members and clinicians attended the 40th European Congress of Cytology in Liverpool.