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Postoperative deaths from bowel cancer fall for fourth year in row, audit shows

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8518 (Published 17 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8518
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The proportion of postoperative deaths from bowel cancer has fallen for the fourth year in succession, show the latest findings from the National Bowel Cancer Audit, although the high number of emergency admissions of people with the condition remains a “major concern.”

The audit, which examined data from more than 29 000 patients whose bowel cancer was diagnosed in 2010-11, found that 5.1% of these patients had died 90 days after their operation, down from 6.4% of those whose disease was diagnosed in 2007-8.

The report, produced by the NHS Health and Social Care …

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