Thursday, 29 September 2016

Fifth of emergency bowel cancer cases had red flag symptoms

Fifth of emergency bowel cancer cases had red flag symptoms GPs are doing a good overall job of appropriately referring people suspected of having cancer but they need better access to tools to support timely diagnosis, warned GP leaders as UK research revealed that about a fifth of bowel cancer patients diagnosed as emergencies had had ‘red flag’ symptoms.

The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer and funded by Cancer Research UK, found that – as might be expected – ‘red flag’ symptoms were much more common in patients who were diagnosed via non-emergency routes, and that patients diagnosed as an emergency often did not display these symptoms strongly associated with bowel cancer. OnMedica

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