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Colorectal Cancer: West Midlands

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd March 2018.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the take-up rate for bowel cancer screening in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Coventry was in 2017.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The most recent data available is for 2016/17.

During 2016/17 the national average for screening uptake was 58.8%.

The uptake for Coventry was 56.4% (Coventry’s uptake rate is included in the West Midlands figure) and West Midlands was 57.7% (this is a consolidated percentage based on all regions within the West Midlands).

NHS England is responsible for commissioning bowel screening services to meet programme standards including coverage. NHS England is working with providers to help identify and address any issues and is committed to improving coverage and reducing mortality from bowel cancer.

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