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Bowel Cancer Screening

The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital is part of the Bedfordshire Bowel Cancer Screening Centre.

Patients aged 60-75 are sent invitations to participate in the screening programme every 2 years.

From 2009 to 2018 the Bedfordshire Bowel Cancer Screening Centre (Bedford Hospital and Luton and Dunstable University Hospital), has performed just under 6000 colonoscopies.

  • Multiple adenomatous polyps have been found and removed in thousands of patients, our polyp retrieval rate for 2018 was 99%, thus preventing these polyps becoming cancers in the future.
  • Since bowel screening started in 2009 374 cancers have been detected of which 353 have been curative.

This video from NHS Choices indicates what is involved in a Colonoscopy procedure.

There is no doubt that the results to date of our bowel cancer screening programme have been very good. However initially, the uptake for bowel cancer screening in Luton was initially low at only 44%. We have been working to improve this, so more people can benefit from the early detection and treatment of bowel cancer, our uptake rate has now increased to 49% in Luton.

If you would like more information on the bowel cancer screening programme, there is more information on the NHS bowel cancer screening website.