Letters NICE on VTE diseases

No evidence on screening for cancer

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5079 (Published 31 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5079
  1. Simon P Hart, senior lecturer in respiratory medicine1
  1. 1Hull York Medical School, Castle Hill Hospital, Hull HU16 5JQ, UK
  1. s.hart{at}hull.ac.uk

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) now recommends screening for cancer in patients aged over 40 years with a first unprovoked deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. However, this comprises a small section of the venous thromboembolism (VTE) guideline,1 which otherwise adds little to existing guidelines. The British Thoracic Society and European Society …

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