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New bowel cancer screening test

A new bowel cancer home testing kit will be rolled out across England. The faecal immonochemical test (FIT) tests for hidden blood in stool samples, which can be an early sign of bowel cancer.

Following a successful pilot involving 40,000 people, the UK national screening committee recommended the test should be rolled out nationally. The test will now be offered every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 74.