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Funding hospital research into bowel cancer

York Against Cancer has granted a consultant gastroenterologist at York Hospital £35,000 to research a test to identify people at risk of bowel cancer.

One in 30 people will get bowel cancer during their lifetime and when caught early it is much easier to treat than with a late diagnosis. Family doctors currently decide who should be referred to specialists through national guidelines based on patients’ symptoms.

However, these symptoms can be misleading; of every 100 patients undergoing fast-track hospital assessment, just six actually have bowel cancer. Fifty per cent of bowel cancers are detected in other ways, such as when patients turn up at A & E with symptoms of advanced disease.

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