It is welcome news that bowel screening will start 10 years earlier.
Bowel cancer screening in England is to start earlier, at age 50, Public Health England has announced. It said evidence showed that screening people at a younger age would allow more bowel cancers to be picked up at an earlier stage. Currently, men and women in England are first invited for screening at the age of 60 and sent a home testing kit. The change brings England in line with Scotland where bowel screening is automatically offered from 50. An independent committee of screening experts recently recommended that bowel cancer screening in England should begin 10 years earlier than it does now.