Risk Assessment Tool Helps UK GPs Diagnose Serious Bowel Conditions in Younger Patients

Risk Assessment Tool Helps UK GPs Diagnose Serious Bowel Conditions in Younger Patients
A new research-based risk assessment tool will help general practitioners identify symptoms of bowel cancer and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in patients under 50 years of age. The assessment tool was developed by researchers at the University of Exeter, in collaboration with Durham University, University Hospital of North Tees and the "Bowel Cancer UK: Never Too Young" campaign. This is the first test of its kind for younger people and was developed to speed up diagnoses in patients who typically experience significant delays. According to the "Never Too Young" campaign, every year 2,500 younger people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the U.K. While this is only around 5% of those diagnosed, the number is slowly increasing. Additionally, across all ages, 13,000 people are diagnosed with IBDs in the U.K. every year, many of whom are under 50. Diagnosis is difficult, as symptoms for bowel cancer and IBDs are common and caused not only by these diseases. As a consequence, younger people usually face delays in their diagnoses, reducing their chances of survival. According to the findings outlined in an article published in the British Journal of General Practice, titled “Clinical features of bowel disease in patients aged <50 years in primary care: a large case-control study,” the tool helps general practitioners (GPs) determine who needs further testing by predicti
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