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Bowel cancer injustice

15th September 2006

According to a report published in the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin people in England have a higher risk of developing bowel cancer because the NHS has decided to limit screening for the disease to those aged 60-69 years, rather than 50-74 year olds as in Scotland.

Using an age range of 60-69 years, the screening programme in England could be less effective in reducing deaths from bowel cancer because it will miss out some of those who have the disease, says the report.

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