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Genetic ‘fingerprints’ implicate gut bacterium in bowel cancer

Grand Challenge researchers have found that a common type of bacteria found in our guts could contribute to bowel cancer.

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HPV cervical screening test switch ‘effective’, says pilot study

Testing for HPV infection as the first step in analysing cervical screening samples is practical and more sensitive than the current programme

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Computer simulation suggests testing for HPV first could mean cervical screening can be stopped earlier

Cervical screening could be stopped at the age of 55 for some women if the HPV test is used first, according to a new computer simulation study.

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450,000 women missed out on breast screening appointments ‘due to computer error’

Around 450,000 women in England missed out on a routine breast screening appointment due to an NHS failure to send invitations.

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NHS data shows drop in cervical cancer screening attendance

Less than three quarters of eligible women are attending cervical cancer screening appointments in England, according to new figures.

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HPV jab means women only need three cervical screens in a lifetime

Women may only need three cervical screens in their lifetime if they have been given the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

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More than a quarter of women missing smear tests are unaware they exist

More than a quarter (28 per cent) of women who are overdue for a smear test don’t know about the cervical screening programme.

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Follow-up colonoscopy cuts bowel cancer cases in some people

Follow-up tests after an initial colonoscopy may reduce the number of people diagnosed with bowel cancer, according to a new study.

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Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 to broadcast world’s first TV advert live from inside the human body

A 90 second advert on 18 January will give viewers a unique opportunity to see live inside the human body

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Welsh government to introduce improved screening tests for cervical and bowel cancers

The Welsh government has announced “hugely positive” changes to its screening programmes for both cervical and bowel cancer.

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