Many bowel cancer patients are first diagnosed in an emergency setting, when they have severe and potentially life-threatening conditions, figures show.
There are 29,000 bowel cancer patients diagnosed each year in England
and Wales. One in five of these is admitted as an emergency, according
to the National Bowel Cancer Audit.
Nearly a third of those diagnosed through the emergency route were
not offered surgery because their cancer was already too advanced to be
The proportion of bowel cancer patients who die following major surgery has fallen for the fourth consecutive year.
But more patients operated on in an emergency died within 90 days of
having surgery (11.9 per cent) compared with the number of all bowel
cancer patients who died within 90 days of surgery (5.1 per cent).
More needs to be done to raise awareness about the disease to ensure more people are diagnosed earlier, say experts.
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