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Fresh pair of eyes may speed up cancer diagnosis

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 27 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2232
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Researchers have found that symptoms of bowel cancer tended to be identified slightly more quickly when patients consulted an unknown doctor rather than their usual GP.1

The study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, included data for 2000 to 2009 from the General Practice Research Database. The study included around 18 500 patients with breast, bowel, or lung cancer whose relevant cancer symptoms or signs were identified up to 12 months before the eventual diagnosis.

Having the same doctor in …

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