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Programme could improve survival rates

The introduction of a bowel cancer screening programme was confirmed by Treasury Minister Anne Craine in Tuesday's budget.

Despite the financial squeeze, the Department of Health is to provide Island-wide screening.

It means more than 8,000 people aged between 60 and 69 will be monitored every two years.

Local charity Bowel Cancer Isle of Man has been campaigning for a programme since 2009.

Its chairman Heather Norman says the move could have a significant effect on survival rates:

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