NHS to fund new cancer prevention technology.


Health Sec. Jeremy Hunt announces new treatments

Cervical & bowel cancer screenings are set to receive a massive boost as Jeremy Hunt announced new measures to introduce a new more accurate test for HPV, the virus that causes 99% of cervical cancer cases.

The new test identifies the HPV virus much earlier that the current smear test recommended every 3 years for the over 25's. Women could be safely tested every six to ten years with the new technology.

Hunt will also announce the new £2M pilot screening programme for bowel cancer which is reported to save 3,000 lives a year.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "I want to make sure our survival is among the best and NHS patients receive the best treatment available."