Although bowel cancer screening usually detects cancer at an earlier stage, new research indicates that when screening detects a late stage cancer patients may be more likely to survive than those whose late stage cancer is only diagnosed after developing symptoms.

The study, published today (Wednesday) in the British Journal of Cancer, follows earlier research from the same team that suggested patients with screen detected bowel cancers could have a better chance of beating the disease because screening generally picks up cancers at an earlier stage when treatment is more likely to be effective.

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