Scientists have developed a new
device that works like a ‘rear-view mirror’ for the surgeon during bowel
examinations, helping to detect 25 per cent more abnormalities.
is Britain’s third most common cancer, with 40,000 new diagnoses a year.
The disease also claims 16,000 lives a year, making it the second most common cause of cancer death.
That’s because, although the disease
is treatable if detected early, 90 per cent of patients are diagnosed
once the cancer is advanced, often because they are too embarrassed to
seek medical help.
Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhoea, blood in the stools and unexpected weight loss.
To look for the early warning signs of bowel cancer, thousands of patients a year undergo a colonoscopy.
30-minute out-patient procedure, often carried out under sedation,
involves a colonoscope — a thin, bendy tube with a video camera and
light on the end of it — being inserted into the bowel.
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