Monday, 13 August 2012

Bowel cancer risk calculator could help doctors diagnose the disease

Doctor and patient







British Journal of Cancer Press Release

A calculator which predicts a patient’s risk of having bowel cancer could help doctors decide when to refer patients make better referral decisions rather than relying on individual symptoms, a new study shows today.
The research, published in the British Journal of Cancer, shows that the bowel cancer calculator was better at predicting whether patients had bowel cancer – compared with relying on individual bowel cancer symptoms.

The calculator, available at, could help GPs identify people who are at increased risk of having undetected colorectal cancer so that they could be sent for referral or further tests.

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