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Simple screening saves lives: test for bowel and pancreatic cancer

Posted Dec 15 2011 6:13am

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have developed a simple online tool for doctors to quickly and easily diagnose those patients likely to be suffering from pancreaticRelating to the pancreas. and colorectal cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body.. The results, due to be published next month, used data from almost 600 GP surgeries to develop an algorithm which can predict which patients were likely to have the diseases.

More than 8000 people in the UK are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, of whom almost 75% of patients die within a year of diagnosisThe process of determining which condition a patient may have.. A further 16,500 patients die annually in the UK from colorectal cancer, the second most common cause of cancer deaths in Europe. Those patients suffering from bowelA common name for the large and/or small intestines. cancer who are diagnosed early have a much higher survival with up to 90% of patients surviving for more than five years.

The new diagnostic calculator would log and cross-reference risk factors and ‘red flag’ symptoms such as abdominalRelating to the abdomen, which is the region of the body between the chest and the pelvis. pain, weight loss and rectal bleeding. Once the risks and symptoms are calculated it will “…help GPs with the difficult task of identifying patients with suspected cancer earlier..” according to lead researcher, Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox.

For further information on simple screeningA way to identify people who may have a certain condition, among a group of people who may or may not seem to for bowel cancer and the NHS bowel cancer screening programme please click here .

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