More than a third of people with abnormal results drop out of bowel cancer screening

Almost 40 per cent of people who have abnormal results from bowel cancer screening tests and are referred for further investigation ignore their next screening invitation two years later, according to a study published in the British Journal of Cancer.

In contrast, just 13 per cent of those who had a normal result did not continue with screening. The Research looked at almost 40,000 people’s behaviour to find out if their experience of bowel cancer screening affected the likelihood of doing the same test two years later.

Link to the research: Lo et al. Predictors of repeat participation in the NHS bowel cancer screening programme. British Journal of Cancer.

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