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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.

We started bowel cancer screening in March 2009 and have recently extended the age to include all those aged 70-75 years.

Locally, from April 2009 up to November 2012 the Bedfordshire Screening Centre (Bedford Hospital and Luton & Dunstable University Hospital):

  • Has performed 1716 colonoscopies
  • Multiple adenomatous polyps have been found and removed in 805 patients, preventing these polyps becoming cancers in the future
  • 124 cancers (including polyp cancers) have been detected and treated

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 only 44% and we have been working to improve this, so more people can benefit from the early detection and treatment of bowel cancer.

If you would like more information on the bowel cancer screening programme, there is more information on the NHS bowel cancer screening website or please ring the bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 7076060.

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