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Early diagnosis and planned operations vital for bowel cancer patients, says Royal College of Surgeons

07 June 2011

A new report of the national bowel cancer audit, led by the Association of Coloproctologists, has been published today. The data shows improvements in prospects for patients and that emergency surgical patients face a three fold increased chance of death versus elective operations.

President of the Royal College of Surgeons, John Black, said:

“This study makes it clear just how important it is for patients to receive an early diagnosis and a planned admission to hospital is in treating this cancer – the screening programme currently being rolled out across the country should pick up a greater proportion of cancers at an early stage. The continued improvements in mortality and uptake of key-hole surgery techniques shows the commitment of surgeons working in this field to improve care.”

The RCS supports the publication of surgical outcome data and recently highlighted bowel cancer in a major meeting on the topic.

The National Bowel Cancer Audit Report can be found here.