One in five with bowel cancer diagnosed as emergency had previous “red flag” symptomsBMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5277 (Published 28 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5277
- Susan Mayor
Nearly one in five patients who have bowel cancer diagnosed after presenting as emergencies have experienced at least one “red flag” cancer symptom in the year before diagnosis, a UK study has found.1
Researchers analysed clinical records of patients who had colon or rectal cancer diagnosed in England in 2005-06, looking for signs and symptoms reported to primary care in the five years before diagnosis and comparing symptom patterns in patients whose cancers were diagnosed on an emergency or …
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