IBD, Other Illnesses Shown to Delay Bowel Cancer Diagnosis

IBD, Other Illnesses Shown to Delay Bowel Cancer Diagnosis
The diagnosis of bowel cancer in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other serious illnesses is often significantly delayed compared to patients without pre-existing illness. This delayed diagnosis could negatively affect treatment outcomes, according to a study published in the British Journal of Cancer. Among several conditions that delayed bowel cancer diagnosis, including heart disease and mental health issues, IBD was found to cause the longest delays, of up to 26 days. “A ten-day delay may not sound much, but it may be the difference between a well-planned admission and an emergency admission with a complication,” said William Hamilton, the study’s senior author from the University of Exeter, in the U.K. “This really matters — as the complications may kill.”  For patients with multiple health issues, this diagnosis delay can exceed one month, researchers said.
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