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Using iron deficiency tests for colorectal cancer screening: a feasibility study in one UK general practice

Edwards, Adrian G., Penney, Michael David and Allison, Miles Clifford 2004. Using iron deficiency tests for colorectal cancer screening: a feasibility study in one UK general practice. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 10 (3) , pp. 475-479. 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2004.00524.x

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Abstract

Iron deficiency is common at presentation in colorectal cancer. Testing for it may complement other screening tests such as faecal occult blood testing and sigmoidoscopy. We therefore examined the feasibility of offering iron deficiency testing to patients in a primary care setting in the UK, offering testing to all 1240 patients aged 55–74 years in one general practice in South Wales, UK. Patients with abnormal results were assessed and offered further investigations. Five hundred and fifty-one people (44.4%) attended for iron deficiency blood tests, of whom 26 patients (4.7%) were iron deficient and offered endoscopic assessment. This identified two cases of benign neoplasia amenable to treatment and no cases of cancer. Iron deficiency testing in a screening context appeared feasible although uptake may be low.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Uncontrolled Keywords: colorectal cancer; ferritin; general practice; iron deficiency; screening
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1356-1294
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2017 18:36
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/64693

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