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Red flag for bowel cancer is rectal bleeding

27th October 2010

Researcher from the south of England has suggested that rectal bleeding is the strongest marker of early-stage bowel cancer.

They believe that its presence brings patients significantly improved survival and comes after examining data from the Wessex Bowel Cancer Audit, with the presenting symptoms of 845 patients with bowel cancer identified from case notes. Of those with rectal or sigmoid cancer, 63% presented with rectal bleeding and these patients were significantly more likely to have Dukes’ stage A disease rather than Dukes’ stage D, compared with patients presenting with a change in bowel habit or abdominal pain.


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