Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Screening Could Cut Risk of Bowel Cancer by a Third

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Screening Could Cut Risk of Bowel Cancer by a Third

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A ONE-OFF screening test could cut the risk of developing bowel cancer by a third and save thousands of lives every year, according to the findings of a major research study.

A study of men and women aged between 55 and 64 who underwent an examination of the lower colon and rectum showed a 43% cut in the death rate for bowel cancer with the incidence of the disease falling by a third.

The findings of the research, involving 170,432 men and women, and published online in The Lancet journal, were drawn from those patients who underwent sigmoidoscopy, where a camera mounted on a thin, flexible tube is inserted around a third of the way into the bowel.

Most bowel cancers stem from polyps or symptomless growths in the rectum and colon and where these were found they were removed in a safe and pain-free procedure, the researchers said.

Researchers said the test could save thousands of lives every year and spare tens of thousands of people the trauma and suffering of cancer diagnosis and treatment. …

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