% of cancer screening coverage for bowel cancer

Monitoring

The percentage of people in the resident population eligible (people aged 60–74) for bowel screening who were screened adequately within the previous 2½ years on 31 March

About one in 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime. It is the third most common cancer in the UK, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths, with over 16,000 people dying from it each year.

Regular bowel cancer screening has been shown to reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer by 16%.

Data for 2020 shows an improved screening rate for Shropshire at 67.4% compared to 63.9% for 2019. Shropshire rate of 67.4% is higher than the rate for England 63.8% and 62% for the West Midlands region.