HEALTHY people should be offered yearly cancer screenings from their 25th birthdays, experts say.
Providing the MoTs in one-stop clinics would save lives and the NHS money, a conference heard.
Getty – Contributor Healthy people should have yearly screenings for cancer on the NHS
The tests can reveal early signs of cancer, when treatment is cheaper and survival prospects higher.
The call came after a trial found malignant tumours in one in 39 Israelis.
Medics examined 14,307 people aged 20 to 80, looking for 11 cancers such as breast, prostate, lung and colorectal.
They identified 647 lesions, of which half were malignant.
Getty – Contributor The tests can reveal early signs of breast cancer, when treatment is cheaper
All tests would take three to five hours to complete and be conveniently carried out at the same location on the same day.
The Sun launched the No Time 2 Lose campaign in April, calling on the Government to lower the screening age for bowel cancer to 50 not 60 – bringing England, Wales and Northern Ireland in line with Scotland.
The move could save more than 4,500 lives every year, and save the NHS millions, experts have said.
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The NHS currently only operates a screening programme for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers in symptom-free patients.
Around 55 per cent of cancers in England are diagnosed in the early stages of the disease but it has already spread in 27 per cent of cases.
Getty – Contributor The NHS currently only operates a screening programme for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers in symptom-free patients The Sun backs Lauren Backler as she deliver a petition calling on the Government to lower the bowel cancer screening age from 60 to 50
Researcher Prof Nadir Arber said: “The NHS should absolutely be offering these annual tests to everybody from the age of 25. It is cost-saving.
“Early detection and prevention are by far the best therapy for cancer. It is a win, win, win situation.
“People should treat themselves at least as well as they treat their car. Even if you’ve bought a new BMW you would want to take it for tests after a year.”
Getty – Contributor More than 5,000 extra people each year would also be alive five years after their diagnosis, report claims
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A review commissioned by Cancer Research UK in 2014 found the NHS could save £210million a year if more people were diagnosed early.
More than 5,000 extra people each year would also be alive five years after their diagnosis, the “Saving Lives, Averting Costs” report said.
Screening from 50 is a no brainer
THE No Time 2 Lose campaign is also calling for bowel cancer screening in England to start at 50 NOT 60 – as is currently the case.
In Scotland it’s 50, so why not here?
I have been moved to tears by Lauren Backler and her determination in calling on the Government to lower the screening age, after her lovely mum died at the age of 55.
Yesterday, she took a petition to the Department of Health complete with almost 450,000 signatures, to put pressure on the Government to make this vital change – one that could save thousands of lives every year.
She’s incredible, and that’s why we are behind her the whole way.
We all deserve an equal chance to beat this disease, regardless of where we live.
We know bowel cancer is more likely after the age of 50 – so it makes sense to screen from then.
Plus, it’s got to save the NHS money in the long-run, catching the disease before it needs serious and expensive treatment.
It’s a no brainer, thousands of lives are at stake every year.
Lizzie Parry, Digital Health Editor
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