Tayside will trial bowel scope screening

Around 20,000 patients from the Tayside, Fife, Grampian and Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS board areas will be offered bowel scope screening to determine whether it should be rolled out across the country.

Bowel scope screening is an innovative new way of detecting and preventing bowel cancer at its earliest stages. The bowel scope test helps detect polyps in the bowel that could eventually become cancerous earlier than they can be found with the current screening programme. The earlier cancer is detect the easier it is to treat and the higher the chance of survival.

Bowel scope screening will run alongside the current screening programme, which saves around 150 deaths from bowel cancer each year in Scotland.

Read a full statement on the Scottish Government website.