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Patients with cancer are at high risk of venous thrombosis

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:326
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Patients with cancer are seven times more likely to develop venous thrombosis than people without cancer, a Dutch study has found (JAMA 2005;293:715-22). The study found a particularly high risk of venous thromboembolism in the first few months after a diagnosis of cancer and in people with distant metastases.

The study included 3220 volunteers aged 18 to 70 with a first deep venous thrombosis of the leg or pulmonary embolism between March 1999 and May 2002. They were recruited from a larger group of more than …

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