Programme News

Thursday 6th December 2012
NCAT Bowel Cancer Awareness Campaign from 30th January 2012

The National Cancer Action Team for England is running a bowel awareness campaign in England from 30th January to the end of March 2012.  The attached letter from Professor Sir Mike Richards, National Clinical Director for Cancer represents the briefing being supplied by GPs referring on symptomatic patients.  Click to VIEW letter.

Nigel Scott, President of the Association of Coloproctology comments: The letter stated that  "In other words, we are not saying that every patient who presents to their GP with these symptoms should be referred on the urgent referral pathway for suspected bowel cancer. Standard outpatient referral and/or straight to test referrals may also be appropriate for some patients"  The important point to be discussed with your local GPs is that the two week wait referrals system is not the only mechanism that they should use for these extra patients. (Dec 2011)