Bowel cancer test which detects blood in faeces will cut numbers facing endoscopy
The test, which is being rolled out across the NHS looks for blood in the stool which experts say is an early symptom of bowel cancer.
Experts hope that if GPs use the faecal immunochemical test (FIT), the number of patients who can avoid an endoscopy could be cut by a third.
An endoscopy is the process by which a flexible tube with a light and camera is used to examine the digestive tract.
Studies have shown that between 60 per cent and 80 per cent of patients referred to hospital for endoscopy turn out not to have a serious bowel disease, including bowel cancer.
Dr Sjoerd Elias, from the... read more
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