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'Referral advice' recommendation details

Recommendation details

Referral advice recommendation:Urgent referrals for suspected bowel cancer have been recommended in patients presenting with the following features: - Patients aged 40 years and older, reporting rectal bleeding with a change of bowel habit towards looser stools and/or increased stool frequency persisting for 6 weeks or more. - Patients aged 60 years and older with rectal bleeding persisting for 6 weeks or more without a change in bowel habit and without anal symptoms. - Patients presenting with a right lower abdominal mass consistent with involvement of the large bowel irrespective of age. - Patients presenting with a palpable rectal mass (intraluminal and not pelvic), irrespective of age. - A pelvic mass outside the bowel would warrant an urgent referral to a urologist or gynaecologist). - Men of any age with unexplained iron deficiency anaemia and a haemoglobin of 11 g/100 ml or below, or non-menstruating women with unexplained iron deficiency anaemia and a haemoglobin of 10 g/100 ml or below.
Recommendation ID:268
Referral advice category:Urgent

Source guidance details

Guidance ID:CG27
Issue date:June 2005
Paragraph number:1.5.4
Page number:20
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Topic:
  • Cancer
Sub topic:
  • General practice
  • Medical oncology

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