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Early bowel cancer diagnosis significantly improves chances of survival

Bowel cancer causes 16,000 deaths in the UK. Early detection can save 80% of patients but 50% are not diagnosed until the later stages making their prognosis much poorer. A man with rectal bleeding was initially misdiagnosed by two doctors as having piles. A third doctor finally diagnosed bowel cancer by which time it had spread significantly. The government is trying to devise a plan to make screening more available to a wider part of the community. Because of the nature of the testing though, compliance could be poor.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Scotsman

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About: Early bowel cancer diagnosis significantly improves chances of survival

Date: 27 October 2004

Source: Scotsman

Author: David Stringer


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