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Ugeskr Laeger. 2012 Mar 12;174(11):710-3.

[Uncharacteristic colorectal cancer symptoms and their value in general practice].

[Article in Danish]

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Forskningsenheden for Almen Praksis, Aarhus Universitet, Bartholins Allé 2, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.


Though colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in Denmark, there is a serious lack of knowledge in general practice about symptom presentation. The prevalence and the positive predictive value of the so-called alarm symptoms are vague, and screening will only detect a small number of cancers per year. In the future, general practice will still play an important role in the diagnosis of colorectal cancer; therefore, knowledge about how the disease presents in general practice is urgently needed, and intervention studies on how to optimize early diagnosis should be encouraged.

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