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New Test for Bowel Cancer Could Save Lives Through Early Detection

New Test for Bowel Cancer Could Save Lives Through Early Detection
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21 September 2017

A new screening test in primary care is being hailed as the most efficient way to indicate risk of colorectal cancer.

 

Published today in Cancer Medicine, University of Oxford researchers show how an advanced computer algorithm technology can successfully indicate levels of risk by analysing results in patients’ existing medical records from routinely collected blood tests and blood markers.

 

Advancements in algorithm technology – a mathematical analysis of data – have led to the ability to ultra-rapidly search through existing NHS records to determine whether a patient is at risk of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with around 41,000 people diagnosed annually. The new screen has the potential to save lives through early detection as well as reducing the need for unnecessary, costly and invasive tests.

 

The algorithm, established originally in Tel Aviv, has now been demonstrated for the first time as effective within a UK population following a two-year research study funded by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.

 

Health Minister Lord O’Shaughnessy said: “This promising study is further evidence that using data to aid research can save lives. The benefits of using data are clear – more advanced and effective treatments and diagnoses for NHS patients both now and in the future.”

 

Read the full article here.

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