Bowel screens may cost £40m

The bowel cancer screening programme in England could cost over £40 million.

UK researchers have calculated that for a hypothetical population of 500,000 people, 66,956 of who would be aged 60-74 and eligible for screening, an estimated 34 cancers would be detected at a cost of £394,157.

Extrapolating this to the whole of England, with an estimated population of 50,762,900, the cost would be £40,017,104.

The cost is likely to rise as more patients become eligible for colonoscopy, say the researchers from the UK's Public Health Resources Unit.

Gut Online 2008

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