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NHS England study to assess new home testing kits for bowel cancer

3rd October 2017

A new NHS England-funded study has been launched to evaluate the accuracy of a new home-testing kit solution for bowel cancer.

To be led by Croydon Health Service NHS Trust, the study will assess the performance of the FIT bowel cancer test to determine how helpful it can be in detecting bowel cancer without the need for uncomfortable and expensive colonoscopies.

It has been designed to precisely record the presence of any blood in just one gram of faeces, speeding up the diagnostic process for those at greatest risk of developing bowel cancer.

This new study will involve 6,000 patients and will aim to identify how these levels of blood may vary by age, sex and ethnicity, enabling FIT to give accurate all-clear results, regardless of who is using it.

Cally Palmer, national cancer director at NHS England, said: "We are pleased to support this fantastic study that seeks to revolutionise diagnosis for patients with colorectal symptoms."

A smaller study in 2016 showed that accurate FIT tests could lead to a 40 percent reduction in unnecessary colonoscopies across the West London area. It is hoped that this new trial will show that a similar success rate is achievable throughout the NHS.

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