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Bowel screening has long term benefits, research shows

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5773 (Published 23 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5773
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Bowel cancer screening with faecal occult blood testing reduces the risk of dying from bowel cancer, and this effect lasts as long as 30 years, a new long term study has shown. However, bowel cancer screening does not influence all cause mortality, so patients won’t necessarily live longer.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine,1 is a long term follow-up to the Minnesota Colon Cancer Control Study, which began in 1975 and included 46 551 participants …

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