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Novel Test to Detect Bowel Cancer

by Savitha C Muppala on October 5, 2010 at 6:57 PM
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 Novel Test to Detect Bowel Cancer

A new test to detect bowel cancer, which could potentially save the lives of 3000 people annually, will soon be included as part of the national screening programme in UK.

Under a new five-point anti-cancer strategy by the Coalition, 60 million dollar would be spent over four years to incorporate a technique called flexible sigmoidoscopy into the national screening programme.

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Flexi-scope, as it is also known, allows for faster diagnosis of early-stage bowel cancer and the removal of pre-cancerous polyps in the lowest section of the large intestine.

It could help two-thirds of people at risk of bowel and rectal cancers.

A 16-year clinical trial of Flexi-scope, co-funded by Cancer Research UK, indicated it could prevent 10,000 people getting bowel cancer annually and almost half deaths among those screened.
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"The recent trial results of this method of detecting and removing polyps before they develop into bowel cancer can truly be called a breakthrough," the Telegraph quoted Harpal Kumar of Cancer Research UK as saying.

"We believe it could cut the number of cases of bowel cancer by a third and deaths from the disease by almost half (43 per cent) among those attending screening - thousands of lives every year," he added.

Source: ANI
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