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Screening for bowel cancer halves numbers of emergency admissions and deaths

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 06 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1177
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    Screening for colorectal cancer halves the number of emergency admissions to hospital and postoperative mortality associated with the condition, the five year results from a pilot study in England show.

    The pilot tested the feasibility of using faecal occult blood testing by post every two years to screen for bowel cancer in people aged 50-69 years. One of its aims was to determine the effects on the emergency and elective cancer workload at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, the largest trust in Coventry and north Warwickshire, one of the two regions used in the pilot.

    The study compared validated data on …

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