People from poorer areas of the UK who are diagnosed with bowel cancer are less likely to survive five years after surgery than their more affluent counterparts.
This is the main conclusion from new research from the West of Scotland Cancer Surveillance Unit working in collaboration with the West of Scotland Colorectal Cancer Managed Clinical Network, which analysed more than 4,000 medical records.
The five-year survival rate for those in the poorest socioeconomic groups was found to be 59.5 per cent which compares less favourably with the 69.7 per cent survival rate observed in richer patients.
Head of the National Cancer intelligence Network said that it was vitally important that everyone in the UK has an equal cancer of surviving cancer.
"We need to take a close look at factors like late diagnosis, uptake of screening and variations in treatment for people from different social and economic backgrounds if we are to reduce," he added.
According to Cancer Research UK, 110 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every day in the UK.