Rugby-based screening team contribute to national research

Dr Steve Smith UHCWThe Midlands and North West Bowel Cancer Screening Hub is based at the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby have contributed to a national bowel cancer screening study led by University College London (UCL). The full press release from UCL about the study can be found here.

Dr Steve Smith, Consultant Clinical Biochemist and Director of Midlands and North West Bowel Cancer Screening Hub, based at the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby, said: “Bowel screening is available to everybody in England aged 60 to 74, but unfortunately more than half of those who live in the some parts of the country aren’t screened and are at risk of undetected bowel cancer.

“This study was set up to look at ways which we can improve this, encourage more people to be screened and hopefully help save lives.

“The team in Rugby screened over 150,000 patients for the study.

“Together we found that patients were more likely to take up the offer of a free bowel cancer test if an endorsement from their named GP was included in the letter or reminder invitation. This is a simple, almost zero-cost measure that could make a real difference.

“This is an example of national research benefiting local people and is something which is possible thanks to the national Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.”

The hub invites over 1 million people per year from the whole of the West Midlands and North West, from Hereford to Carlisle and Rugby to Liverpool.

As director of one of the five NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Hubs, Dr Steve Smith was a co-investigator and contributed to the design of the trials.

Photo caption: Dr Steve Smith