Identifying signs to rapidly diagnose cancer in patients with unexpected weight loss

Written by Rachel Jenkins, Future Science Group

unexpected weight loss

Recently published in the BMJ, new research from the University of Oxford and University of Exeter Medical School (both UK) could help clinicians to identify signs they should look for to diagnose cancer in people with unexpected weight loss. The study examined the patient records of 63,973 adults who visited their doctor with unexpected weight loss over a 2-year time span. These records were linked with a national cancer registry to work out how many patients went on to be diagnosed with cancer. “We know that there is an increased likelihood of a cancer diagnosis within 6 months of seeing...

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