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Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Speed-up bowel cancer screening

News that bowel cancer screening test-kits are set to be dished-out shortly is VERY good news.

But I've never tried to hide my deep concern and frustration that the full roll-out is still some seven years away. 50 to 74 year olds in Wales will not have access to routine screening until 2015! Bowel cancer is the third biggest killer of men and women in Wales. Screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage in people with no symptoms. This is when treatment is more likely to be effective.

I ask the simple question, how many people in Wales will die as a result of the delay?

The full programme needs to happen now - NOT in seven years time.

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