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IBD-associated colorectal cancers were found to occur in younger patients and have worse outcomes. Researchers call for urgent improvement of early detection methods to provide more risk-based and personalised care.

Colon cancer image. Cancer attacking cell

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) are associated with an increased risk of developing colorectal (bowel) cancer (CRC). 

Published last month in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, research co-authored by Professor Eva Morris (Nuffield Department of Population Health) reveals key differences between patients with CRC and those with IBD-related CRC (IBD-CRC).

In what is believed to be the largest such study to date, the research draws on population data from the NHS to compare the symptoms and outcomes of all 390,614 UK cases of CRC with and without a prior diagnosis of IBD between 2005 and 2018.’ 

Read the news story on the Oxford Cancer website