Sign up for Englemed updates from TwitterSign up for Englemed updates from Facebook
Contact Englemed
Our contact email address.
We can provide a specialist, tailored health and medical news service for your site.
Click here for more information
RSS graphic XML Graphic Add to Google
About Englemed news services - services and policies.
Englemed News Blog - Ten years and counting.
Diary of a reluctant allergy sufferer - How the British National Health Service deals with allergy.
BookshopFor books on women's health, healthy eating ideas, mental health issues, diabetes, etc click here
Copyright Notice. All reports, text and layout copyright Englemed Ltd, 52 Perry Avenue, Birmingham UK B42 2NE. Co Registered in England No 7053778 Some photos copyright Englemed Ltd, others may be used with permission of copyright owners.
Disclaimer: Englemed is a news service and does not provide health advice. Advice should be taken from a medical professional or appropriate health professional about any course of treatment or therapy.
Simple care changes that could save millions of neonates
Fri Dec 14th - Simple improvements to health care and advice to parents could save the lives of millions of babies globally, according to leading health organisations. More
Genetic discoveries offer new asthma hope
Fri Dec 14th - British researchers have found new genetic variants associated with severe asthma, leading to hope of new treatments to control mucus, it has been announced. More
On 08/02/2018 David Kelly wrote:
Would you like to write a piece about this to be i... on Researchers unveil new pain re...
On 23/10/2017 Cristina Pereira wrote: on HIV breakthrough - MRC...
On 12/09/2017 Aparna srikantam wrote:
Brilliant finding! indeed a break through in under... on Leprosy research breakthrough...
On 01/07/2017 Annetta wrote:
I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 12 years.... on Seaweed plan for antimicrobial...
On 12/03/2017 Steph wrote:
The photo you have paired with this article is its... on 'Fat shaming' limits...

How important is weight loss as cancer indicator?

Tuesday April 10th, 2018

Unexplained weight loss is a hugely significant predictor of cancer risk, researchers say today.

In men over 60, about one in seven of those with this problem are found to have some form of cancer, according to the analysis in the British Journal of General Practice.

The findings come after the government promised to test “one-stop” cancer clinics that will provide additional testing for patients with non-specific symptoms.

The researchers, led by Brian Nicholson, of Oxford University, analysed 25 studies of which 23 used primary care records.

Overall for all patients, they found that weight loss had a 7.1% positive predictive value of disease for all cancer sites.

A second analysis in the same journal studies the link between abdominal symptoms and cancer risk.

Researchers found that three or more symptoms were associated with a 14 times increased likelihood of cancer diagnosis. Upper abdominal pain and rectal bleeding were linked to a 64 times increased likelihood.

Dr Richard Roope, Royal College of GPs clinical lead for cancer, said: “Currently there are no clinical guidelines to support GPs and their teams in how to respond to or investigate patients who present with weight loss, without other symptoms, in the cancer setting.

“These important findings present strong evidence of the correlation between significant unexplained weight loss and many cancers, and should certainly be taken on board as clinical guidelines for GPs and healthcare professionals are updated and developed.

“We agree with the researchers’ recommendations that GPs need better access to diagnostic tools in the community across the UK so that we can appropriately refer patients to either rule out or confirm a diagnosis of cancer, as currently our access is amongst the lowest in Europe.

“We hope the pilot of ‘one stop’ cancer clinics, announced last week by NHS England, in addition to the roll out of the Faster Diagnosis Standard programme, will be a step to achieving this across the country.”

Weight loss as a predictor of cancer in primary care: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BJGP 10 April 2018


Tags: Cancer | NHS | UK News

Printer friendly page Printer friendly page

Comment on this article:

<a>,<b> & <p> tags allowed
Please enter the letters displayed:
(not case sensitive)