PERFORMANCE: The primary care trust said more than half the people sent self screening kits for bowel cancer in 2010 returned them to the PCT for assessment.

Like PCT areas in the rest of England, 60 to 69-year-olds in West Kent are sent home testing kits every two years as part of the national bowel cancer screening programme.

According to latest figures released by the PCT to mark Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April, 56 per cent of people in West Kent took up the offer to be screened in 2010 – with 27,843 out of 49,731 returning the home screening kits.