Research has shown that the outcome of bowel cancer surgery differs significantly at NHS hospitals around the country.
Published in Gut and conducted by a team from the University of Leeds, the study found that certain NHS hospitals in England have a higher level of patient deaths immediately after surgery than others.
Even accounting for the increased likelihood of death within 30 days of surgery for Men, elderly people, those who were less financially secure and people who had more advanced cancer, some hospitals still showed a higher death rate.
Paul Finan, study author and consultant colorectal surgeon, commented: "It's very encouraging to see that overall the 30-day postoperative mortality rate is decreasing across the country.
"But, having adjusted for those factors that can affect post-operative mortality, it is a concern that there is significant variation between hospitals."
The research looked at all patients who had undergone major surgery to remove their bowel cancer over a nine-year period and questioned how many of them survived for 30 days after the operation.