Assessing symptoms – when to refer?
- Setting the scene – key stats including routes to diagnosis, survival by stage and need for early diagnosis
- Discuss the physical, psychological and social factors which contribute to presentation in primary care.
- Assessment of bowel symptoms, examinations, initial tests in primary care.
- Consider differential diagnoses
- Use of referral decision aids
- Identify red flag symptoms - NICE guidance for urgent referral
- Challenges for primary and secondary care
- What needs to change?
Prevention of bowel cancer in high risk groups:
- Who are the high risk groups for bowel cancer?
- Chemoprevention for high risk cases – aspirin and other chemoprevention agents
- Increase knowledge about the evidence of lifestyle and bowel cancer prevention.
- Update on lifestyle prevention trials
- Understand the practical translation of lifestyle guidance into everyday practice.
- Increase awareness of the barriers and opportunities for promoting lifestyle change to reduce occurrence and recurrence.
Bowel cancer in the under 50s
- Increase awareness of bowel cancer in younger people (under 50) – incidence, mortality
- Why is prevalence increasing
- Understand why younger people experience delays in diagnosis
- Discuss appropriate tests which could be performed in general practice, when to refer and possible investigations
- NICE guidance for referral
- Living after bowel cancer – some common late effects in younger people.
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