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One in five with bowel cancer diagnosed as emergency had previous “red flag” symptoms

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 28 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5277
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

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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