Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Screening Centres Will Be Lifesavers

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Screening Centres Will Be Lifesavers

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Screening centres which could help save hundreds of lives a year across the North-East are to be set up in Northumberland.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have worked together on the bid to provide bowel cancer screening north of the Tyne, from Wansbeck General Hospital, North Tyneside General Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

They plan to have the screening centres up and running by December.

The screening centres aim to detect bowel cancer in its early stages, so will screen the samples of over 77,000 men and women aged 60 to 69 living in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

It is part of a new national NHS bowel cancer screening programme offering screening every two years for men and women aged 60 to 69.

Dr Ken Matthewson, clinical director for the new centre, said: "This is great news for the region. Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. …

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