Alzheimer's and stomach cancer screening under consideration

Alzheimer's disease and stomach cancer could be among the diseases included in national screening programmes following the launch of consultations on proposed services.

The National Screening Committee is looking at the criteria for Alzheimer's disease and stomach cancer screening

The National Screening Committee posted consultations on proposed screening services for the two conditions on its website. The two latest consultations are open for comments until March 2010 and views are sought from any interested parties.

Alzheimer's disease and stomach cancer are not currently screened for in the UK. The National Screening Committee is therefore reviewing the evidence for the potential risks and benefits of screening. It will then update its policy statements on the two conditions.

The committee is already running consultations on screening for oral cancer and depression. It is also reviewing its policies on prostate screening and tests for newborn babies, the committee's director Dr Anne Mackie told GP earlier this year.

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