Identifying patients at low risk of bowel cancer

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7419.871-c (Published 09 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:871

Authors' reply

  1. M R Thompson, consultant colorectal surgeon (michael.thompson@porthosp.nhs.uk),
  2. B G Ellis, senior lecturer in general practice,
  3. I Heath, general practitioner
  1. Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth PO6 3LY
  2. Kaversham Group Practice, London

    EDITOR—A positive family history, particularly with many affected relatives or an affected relative below the age of 45, does significantly increase the lifetime risk of bowel cancer, and screening should be considered in these patients. Similarly, some patients with longstanding inflammatory bowel disease have a significant increase in risk …

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