Wider use of colonoscopy could improve outcomes in bowel cancer

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 18 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:795
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Increasing the use of colonoscopy to investigate potential cases of bowel cancer could help to improve outcomes in people with the disease while also reducing costs, suggest the results of an economic modelling study.

    The study, commissioned by the Department of Health, looked at the costs of different aspects of managing bowel cancer in England and also at how developing bowel cancer services in different ways could affect costs and benefits for patients. The findings will feed into a review of cancer services by the department.

    Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in England; 27 800 new cases were diagnosed in …

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