Older people 'can beat bowel cancer with early diagnosis'

Over 50s have been advised that early detection of bowel cancer could be the key to beating the disease.

A new report by the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) has revealed that nine out of ten people diagnosed with early stage bowel cancer now go on to survive the illness due to improvements in surgical technique.

The group also reminded older people that 80 per cent of cases of bowel cancer occur in those over the age of 60, demonstrating the importance of participating in screenings such as those which will be available across the UK in December.

Professor David Forman, information lead for the NCIN, said: "Pilot screening programmes showed that over half of cancers detected through screening are at the earliest stage. So it is really important that people take part in screening when they're sent the kit."

Last week, the British Association of Dermatologists warned of the need for awareness of the risks posed by skin cancers such as melanoma and advised people to ensure they are taking all the precautions necessary to avoid them.

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