New test for bowel cancer

New cheap and easy test ‘will spot bowel cancer earlier’

A new over-the-counter test that reveals if an individual is at risk of developing bowel cancer will soon be available.

Scientists say the new urine test, which looks for abnormal pieces of DNA (DNA adducts) that appear at the start of the cancer process and gives an instant result, could prevent thousands of deaths every year.

Bowel cancer is Britain’s third most common cancer; more than 36,000 people are diagnosed each year, and it kills more than 16,000.

This particular type of cancer is treatable if detected early enough, but many people leave it too late before seeking medical help.

The new test will help people find out if they are at risk long before the disease develops, giving them a chance to change their diet and lifestyle, says the Open University team behind the research.

Doctors advise exercising every day and cutting down the intake of red processed meats like bacon and ham.

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