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Professor to lead UK medical screening committee

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Image caption Prof Bob Steele said he was "honoured" to take up the new role

A Dundee University professor has been chosen to lead the national committee advising the Scottish and UK governments and NHS on medical screening policy.

Prof Bob Steele has been appointed chairman of the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC).

The UK NSC advises Ministers and the health service in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Prof Steele said he was "honoured" to take up his new role.

The professor is one of the UK's leading authorities on cancer screening, which can detect the disease in its earliest stages.

His main interest is in colorectal cancer.

Prof Steele, who is head of cancer research at the university's school of medicine, said: "Screening is a vital component in our resources to tackle disease, and it is essential that it is employed responsibly by the NHS."

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