The latest findings from the 2017 HAGIS pilot have found that there are significant differences in the uptake rates of free bowel screening tests between single men and men living with a partner.
On average, the study found that around 75 per cent of study participants had ever taken part in a bowel screening programme. However, among men who live alone, this figure dropped to about 58 per cent. This is compared to around 80 per cent for men living with a partner.
Furthermore, the pilot data show that there are also differences in bowel screening participation rates between women who live alone and those who live with a partner, however the differences are not as large as for men. Specifically, about 78 per cent of women living with a partner had taken a test, compared to 73 per cent who lived alone.