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Bowel cancer screening age in England to be lowered to 50 | Society

Bowel cancer screening age in England to be lowered to 50 | Society

Bowel cancer screening in England is to start 10 years earlier, at the age of 50, after ministers accepted the findings of a review.

The UK national screening committee recommended offering the service to people aged 50-74, using the faecal immunochemical home test (FIT) method, after it reviewed available evidence. Ministers accepted the proposals of the independent experts on Friday.

The BBC newsreader George Alagiah and the former health secretary Andrew Lansley are among those who have called for earlier screening for the disease.

Alagiah, who is receiving treatment for bowel cancer for the second time, previously said it could have been caught sooner if England provided screening for over-50s, as was the case in Scotland.