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Excessive cancer op warning

Too many people may be undergoing unnecessary medical procedures to remove growths in their bowel that may never become cancerous, experts have warned.

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90% chance of surviving bowel cancer with screenings

Bowel cancer screening improves the chance of catching the disease early and gives patients a 90% chance of surviving, a health campaigner has said.

Chief executive of the charity Beating Bowel Cancer, Mark Flannagan, remained sceptical about research which claimed a lot of colonoscopies were unnecessary and urged people to get checked.

If bowel cancer is detected at an early stage, there is over a 90% chance of it being successfully treated.

This is why taking part in the bowel cancer screening programme is so important. If you have an abnormal result you'll be sent for a colonoscopy to detect polyps, which can develop into cancer over time.

Whilst this study raises reasonable questions about the need to remove all polyps which are found, much more research needs to be done to refine the choice of which polyps should be routinely removed in the future.

– chief executive Beating Bowel Cancer Mark Flannagan

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