Most bowel cancer symptoms do not indicate colorectal cancer and polyps: a systematic review

  title={Most bowel cancer symptoms do not indicate colorectal cancer and polyps: a systematic review},
  author={Barbara-Ann Adelstein and Petra Macaskill and Siew Foong Chan and Peter H Katelaris and Les M. Irwig},
  booktitle={BMC gastroenterology},
BACKGROUND Bowel symptoms are often considered an indication to perform colonoscopy to identify or rule out colorectal cancer or precancerous polyps. Investigation of bowel symptoms for this purpose is recommended by numerous clinical guidelines. However, the evidence for this practice is unclear. The objective of this study is to systematically review the evidence about the association between bowel symptoms and colorectal cancer or polyps. METHODS We searched the literature extensively up… CONTINUE READING


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