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Bowel cancer soars among under-30s

31st March 2009

The number of people in England and Wales diagnosed with bowel cancer has "more than doubled" in a decade.

Bowel cancer causes the deaths of around 16,000 people annually. Professor Will Steward, a bowel cancer expert from Leicester Royal Infirmary, said: "This is an extraordinary rise in a group of people who virtually never got colon cancer ten or 20 years ago. The causes must be confirmed by the Department of Health but I suspect that children's changing diets, with increased fatty and high-calorie meals, are fuelling the rise in bowel cancer at such a young age."

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