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Letters Colorectal cancer

Negative results may falsely reassure

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 11 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2507
  1. Lucy V Harding, GP registrar1
  1. 1Brownhill Surgery, Blackburn BB1 9BA
  1. lvharding{at}

    Primary care practitioners need to be clear about the difference between carrying out faecal occult blood tests in patients presenting with symptoms and the use of the test in bowel cancer screening programmes.1 In addition to not being recommended in patients presenting with symptoms of …

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