Bowel Cancer - Screening
Well, I've found out that GP practices receive details of patients who fail to return their screening kits. About 44% of over 60's (in England) fail to complete the test. Given that around 40,000 new cases will be identified in the UK every year and that 16,000 will die from bowel cancer it seems to me that screening saves lives.
I have contacted my GP and asked whether they do any follow-up of non-responders. He admitted that they don't, but following my email they have now started to do so.
I just wondered if anyone else out there would like to check whether their GP surgeries follow up on this information. Here is a link to a document that has suggested approaches to contacting patients (Page 10 and 11).
If we could all have a go at this, we might save lives! If anyone wants a copy of the email I sent to my GP, please PM me.