· New blood test will spot bowel cancer at earliest stage
· Simple check will ID cancer missed by existing screening
· No need for ‘unpleasant’ faecal screen
· 1-in-20 people in UK will develop bowel cancer
British and Irish scientists are developing a new £20 blood test for bowel cancer, which could save thousands of lives by spotting the disease at the earliest possible opportunity. The simple check will pick up on antibodies in the blood, produced as the body reacts to the onset of bowel cancer.