Latest News

Please view the latest news articles from across Europe below. Alternatively, filter by news category or search by keyword.

New 'poo kit' to cut bowel cancer

Published on 16 March 2016 back to previous

With nearly half the people in Leeds (44%) ignoring their bowel cancer screening tests, the NHS and Public Health, Leeds City Council have launched a new initiative to encourage more people in the city to take this simple health check that can save lives.

Currently all 60-74-year-olds receive the bowel cancer screening test every two years, sent directly to their home address as part of a national screening programme. For the next three months, anyone in South Leeds getting the test will also receive a special helper kit.

The screening test itself is a simple kit of three items – a stick for taking a poo sample, a card for placing the samples which can be hygienically sealed, and a freepost envelope for returning the kit.

Following feedback from the public that some people find the test off-putting, the NHS in Leeds and Leeds City Council have joined forces to send out the helper kits to 12,500 people. A similar initiative by Cancer Research UK in London found the helper kits increased the number of people taking the test by up to 6%.

Ayeesha Lewis, Advanced Health Improvement Specialist for Cancer, Public Health, says:

“Some people have trouble completing the test, and now this extra helper kit makes completing the test easier. It contains a pair of disposable gloves and a device to place on your toilet seat to make taking a poo sample easier.  There is also a pictorial instructions guide in the pack.

“We know that the helper kits can make a big difference to encouraging people to take the test and ultimately, this could save lives in Leeds.”

Taking the bowel cancer screening test can be a lifesaver as it provides an opportunity to catch bowel cancer in the earlier stages, providing a much better chance of treating it successfully. 97% of people diagnosed at the earliest stage of bowel cancer will survive for more than five years. However, fewer than 10% of people diagnosed at the latest stage of bowel cancer will survive for more than five years.

60-74-year-olds in South Leeds can find out more about taking the bowel cancer screening test at



Registration No: 5314195 Registered Office: 92 Palatine Road, London N16 8ST.