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Colorectal cancer and rectal bleeding in primary care: Rectal bleeding needs attention in primary care

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 20 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:201
  1. Christopher M Newman, specialist registrar general surgery (,
  2. Guy F Nash, consultant colorectal surgeon,
  3. Tom Armstrong, specialist registrar general surgery,
  4. Kieren Darcy, senior house officer general surgery
  1. Poole General Hospital, Poole BH15 2JB
  2. Poole General Hospital, Poole BH15 2JB

    EDITOR—Du Toit et al emphasise the importance of rectal bleeding in primary care and try to address this important management dilemma.1 One potential weakness of the study, however, was its assumption that bleeding was caused by any neoplasia found, rather than more common causes. The character of rectal bleeding (bright red v dark) was not mentioned, nor was the coexistence of …

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