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Study to find best cancer screening method

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Sweden is to begin a national study in January to find the best way to detect colorectal cancer, with the aim of starting a national screening programme, newspaper Sydsvenskan reports.

200,000 randomly selected Swedes will be asked to take part in the project, which will include some people being asked to give stool samples, and others undergoing a colonoscopy.

Around 6000 Swedes contract bowel cancer annually, with almost half of them dying from the illness.

Sweden's board for Heath and Welfare recently recommended a national screening programme for all Swedes aged between 60 and 74, and this study will help decide what form the screening should take.

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