Bowel cancer is responsible for 16,000 deaths annually in the UK alone. Bowel cancer is the second leading cause of death in the UK and Europe after lung cancer. The chances of survival are only 50% in the UK, and even remarkably lower in other similar countries.
According to an analysis of the first one million test results of the Bowel Cancer Screening Program in England that aims to cut bowel cancer deaths by 16%, the program is on target. The findings, published in Gut, also reveal that a significantly higher proportion of identified cancers are left-sided. According to researchers, this indicates that different strategies may have to be employed to pick up the disease in both sides of the body as right-sided cancers are believed to be more aggressive.
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