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Colorectal cancer and rectal bleeding in primary care: Urban or rural myth?

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7560.201-c (Published 20 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:201
  1. Sanjay Purkayastha, clinical research fellow (s.purkayastha@imperial.ac.uk),
  2. Ara Darzi, professor
  1. Department of Biosurgery and Surgical Technology, Imperial College, London W2 1NY
  2. Department of Biosurgery and Surgical Technology, Imperial College, London W2 1NY

    EDITOR—Du Toit et al's finding of a one in 10 chance of patients over age 45 presenting with rectal bleeding and subsequently being diagnosed with colorectal cancer is comparable to other recent studies,12 but their data were collected from a single rural practice in the United Kingdom, including less than 300 patients. A recent population based, case-control study consisting of over …

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