One-off bowel scope cuts cancer risk for at least 17 years

Anne Li                                                                                               Feburary 25th, 2017


A one-off bowel screening test reduces the risk of developing bowel cancer by more than one third and could save thousands of lives, according to a study published in The Lancet. The researchers, funded through a Medical Research Council (MRC) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) partnership and Cancer Research UK, found that the test – which examines the lower part of the large bowel – prevented more than half of potential bowel cancers from developing in that area and two thirds of deaths were avoided. Bowel scope uses a tiny camera attached to a thin flexible tube to examine a specific part of the bowel but was still found to prevent 35 per cent of bowel cancers overall and to prevent 40 per cent of deaths.


See original article at: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/press-release/2017-02-22-one-off-bowel-scope-cuts-cancer-risk-for-at-least-17-years

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