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Bowel cancer is a significant cause of ill health and premature death. Over 1,000 people every year in Northern Ireland are diagnosed with the disease and over 400 will die. Symptoms often develop late in the disease, leaving limited scope for treatment and potential cure. If detected at a very early stage bowel cancer treatment can be 90% successful. The bowel cancer screening programme, which allows early detection and treatment, significantly improves outcomes for those with the disease which will save approximately 60 lives a year.