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Screening for bowel cancer is set to save 2500 lives a year in UK

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a3125 (Published 24 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a3125
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    An estimated 2500 lives will be saved every year in the United Kingdom by 2025 because of screening for bowel cancer, research has shown.

    A study, funded by Cancer Research UK, predicted the impact of kits to test for faecal occult blood on mortality rates. A computer simulation was based on mortality and incidence of bowel cancer between 1975 and 2004 and the number of people who attended screening in early …

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