Training centres to improve screening for bowel cancer

Five new training centres opened this week to teach health professionals bowel cancer screening techniques in a joint initiative between Beating Bowel Cancer and the Government.

Bowel cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer killer, claiming 17,600 lives each year, yet 40 per cent of medical professionals have never received any form of training in endoscopy for internal bowel examinations.

The training centres, based in hospitals in Middlesbrough, Hull, Sheffield, Norwich and Brighton bring the number of locations included in the endoscopy training programme to 10.

Beating Bowel Cancer has invested £500,000 in the initiative and has provided training to 196 nurses and medics.

Roger Leicester, the colorectal specialist at St George's Hospital, London, who initiated the programme, said: "Due to a lack of uniformly trained medical professionals, many cancer cases could be going undetected."

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