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Background

Bowel cancer is cancer of the large bowel (also known as the large intestine) – this includes the colon and the rectum. It is also known as colorectal cancer. In this module, we will use the term bowel cancer. Early detection of bowel cancer means patients have a much better chance of having successful treatment.

Figure 1.1 - Bowel Cancer, Percentage Distribution of Cases within the Large Bowel, Great Britain, 2007-2009


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