New bowel cancer screening methods could substantially reduce the number of deaths for the disease.
This is the view of Mark Flanngan, chief executive of Beating Bowel Cancer.
Mr Flannagan said: "The evidence suggests that a one off Flexi-scope screening between the ages of 55 and 64 can reduce the incidence of bowel cancer by a third and deaths from the disease by 43 per cent."
Flexi-scope screening is to be introduced soon and aims to improve the survival rate of bowel cancer by providing an earlier diagnosis for more people.
Earlier this month, Cancer Research revealed that bowel cancer rates in 60 to 69-year-olds went up by more than 12 per cent in England between 2006 and 2008.
The charity explained that this unusually high jump was down to the fact that a new screening method was introduced around this time.
Mr Flannagan added that screening is particularly important for older people since 83 per cent of bowel cancer patients diagnosed are over the age of 60.
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Cancer treatment news : 31 March 2011