Home test for intestinal cancer in Britain

Aug 09, 2006

Britain's National Health Service is introducing a home test for intestinal cancer health officials hope will cut the number of deaths from the disease.

The National Independent Bowel Cancer Screening Program, which provides the test, warns the NHS plan has some gaps, the Times of London reported.

"We are not in opposition to the NHS scheme, but people should be aware that in England it will screen only every two years," said Ian Cowie, service director for the program.

The organization also provides free tests only for people between the ages of 60 and 69.

The test kits cost 17.98 pounds ($34).

The NHS announced recently it has drastically reduced the waiting time for cancer screenings for patients referred by their doctors.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Ebola reveals shortcomings of African solidarity

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Can you feel the force?

Aug 15, 2011

Engineering students from the University of Leeds have found a way to let surgeons keep their sense of touch when operating at a distance with ‘keyhole’ techniques.

'Baby-boomer’ study shows importance of childhood

Mar 02, 2011

Experiences in your childhood shape your health and wealth as an adult according to Britain’s longest-running baby-boomer research study, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), which celebrates its 65th birthday ...

Recommended for you

Ebola reveals shortcomings of African solidarity

19 hours ago

As Africa's leaders meet in Ethiopia to discuss the Ebola crisis, expectations of firm action will be tempered by criticism over the continent's poor record in the early stages of the epidemic.

Second bird flu case confirmed in Canada

Jan 30, 2015

The husband of a Canadian who was diagnosed earlier this week with bird flu after returning from a trip to China has also tested positive for the virus, health officials said Friday.

Jamaica Senate starts debate on pot decriminalization bill

Jan 30, 2015

Jamaica's Senate on Friday started debating a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot and establish a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry on the island where the drug ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.