4th October, 2010
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has announced that £60 million will be invested over the next four years in a new technology, flexible sigmoidoscopy, which will be used along existing techniques. It involves a thin, bendy tube with a camera attached being placed a short way into the rectum and lower bowel. The inside wall of the bowel can then be viewed and polyps removed before they develop into bowel cancer.
Professor Julietta Patnick CBE, Director of the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes said:
We're excited by the coalition's commitment to introduce flexible sigmoidoscopy for bowel cancer screening if it is recommended by the National Screening Committee. The addition of flexible sigmoidoscopy will allow us to build on the great success of the existing bowel cancer screening programme. If recommended, we will be busy over the next few months developing the processes and QA procedures that will be needed in order to deliver this new service safely and effectively.
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