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Bowel cancer

Tuesday 28th May 2019
Patrick Kirby, Medical Scientist

Bowel cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer killer and the fourth most common cancer. Just under 16,000 (15,708) people die each year in the UK - that's a life every 32 minutes. Over 40,000 (40,695) people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year - that's one every 13 minutesOne in 14 men and one in 19 women have a lifetime risk of developing bowel cancerOver 93% of people diagnosed with bowel cancer at an early stage survive for at least five years compared to less than 7% of those diagnosed at a late stageFive-year survival rates for bowel cancer have doubled over the last 40 yearsMore than 8 in 10 cases of bowel cancer occur in people aged 60 or…

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A case for home testing

Tuesday 28th May 2019
Patrick Kirby, Medical Scientist

I have recently read several articles about home testing and, in an ideal world home screening tests would not be necessary but early diagnosis and prompt medical intervention is always beneficial, and figures announced by Diabetes UK indicate that there may be one million undiagnosed Type II diabetics in the UK, which the current NHS systems are just not picking up. So, how do you identify early signs of an abnormality? You implement a screening programme aimed at "high risk groups". At least the Government has introduced national bowel cancer screening for people in England & Wales between 60 and 69 (to be extended to age 74). But in 2017 nearly 1,800 people under 60 died from bowel cancer…

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