Bowel most cancers screening in England is to begin earlier, at age 50, Public Well being England has introduced.
It mentioned proof confirmed that screening folks at a youthful age would enable extra bowel cancers to be picked up at an earlier stage.
At present, women and men in England are first invited for screening on the age of 60 and despatched a house testing package.
The change brings England in keeping with Scotland the place bowel screening is routinely provided from 50.
An impartial committee of screening consultants just lately really useful that bowel most cancers screening in England ought to start 10 years sooner than it does now.
The Well being Secretary Matt Hancock has now agreed to the change, and NHS England and Public Well being England are deciding how the plan might be rolled out.
What occurs now?
At current in England, women and men are first invited for bowel most cancers screening at 60 and despatched a house take a look at package each two years as much as the age of 74.
Utilizing the package, you gather small samples of your poo and publish them to a lab which then checks them for tiny quantities of blood, which might be attributable to most cancers.
In some areas, a one-off bowel scope take a look at can be provided on the age of 55.
This includes a skinny, versatile tube with a digital camera being inserted into the bowel to search for polyps which may flip cancerous.
Prof Anne Mackie, director of screening at Public Well being England, mentioned: “The danger of bowel most cancers rises steeply from round age 50-54 and charges are considerably larger amongst males than females.
“Beginning screening 10 years earlier at 50 will assist spot extra abnormalities at an early stage that might turn into bowel most cancers if not detected.”
She added that the change would take time to implement.
Within the meantime a brand new, improved take a look at, referred to as a faecal immunochemical residence take a look at package or FIT, is being rolled out to everybody age 60 and over within the autumn.
Sooner or later, the plan is to ship this extra correct take a look at to everybody in England from the age of 50.