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The Faecal Occult Blood Testing Controversy

“Professor Willie Hamilton was involved in drawing up the NICE cancer guidelines which have caused controversy around the use of faecal occult blood testing in the pathway. Both sides of this debate can be read on pages 16 and 17 of the latest copy of the Digest.”  Richard Stevens Here are his views: The NICE 2015 guidance was considerably different from the 2005 guidance. Firstly, it used only primary care evidence – as the clinical problem of whom to select for investigation is very much a primary care problem. Secondly it was restructured around symptoms, not cancer sites, on the...
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