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National audit shows improving survival rates from bowel cancer but worrying regional variations in case management

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4434 (Published 29 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4434
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    Survival rates from bowel cancer in England and Wales are improving, but variation in different regions is a cause for concern, states a national audit report published this week.

    The audit, produced by the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI) and the NHS Information Centre, paints an improving picture for patients with this form of cancer, but shows worrying regional variations in how cases are managed.

    Bowel cancer is the third most common form of cancer and causes the deaths of about 16 000 people each year in the United Kingdom.

    In England 146 of 153 (95%) eligible trusts and all …

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