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Can safety netting improve cancer detection in patients with vague symptoms?

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Patients present daily about symptoms that could represent a new diagnosis of cancer (1). Some will present with easily recognised high-risk symptoms such as dysphagia (5% likelihood of cancer if age >55 years), post-menopausal bleeding (4% likelihood if age >55 years), or haemoptysis (2% likelihood if age >40 years). But most will have vague or non-specific symptoms such as cough, fatigue, or abdominal pain (2-4). As these symptoms are shared with benign, chronic, or self-limiting c...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1136/bmj.i5515

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Oxford, MSD, Primary Care Health Sciences
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Oxford, MSD, Primary Care Health Sciences
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BMJ Publishing Group Publisher's website
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BMJ Journal website
Volume:
355
Issue:
i5515
Pages:
1-5
Publication date:
2016-11-09
Acceptance date:
2016-09-29
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EISSN:
1756-1833
ISSN:
0959-8138
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pubs:651922
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uri:e505c0b8-8d2c-4301-83c8-b36cf9b7e1e9
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uuid:e505c0b8-8d2c-4301-83c8-b36cf9b7e1e9
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