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Increased blood platelet levels 'strong predictor' of cancer, says study

Study advises physicians to consider cancer diagnosis in patients with raised blood platelet count

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Scientists find potential trigger to kill cancer
The study analysed the data of 40,000 patients and found that more than 11 per cent of men and six per cent of women over the age of 40 with thrombocytosis were diagnosed with cancer within a year.

Having a high blood count is a strong predictor of and should be urgently investigated to save lives, says a large-scale study.

The study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, calls for general physicians to consider a diagnosis of in patients with unexpected raised blood count -- known as -- to increase early diagnosis which can save lives.

The study analysed the data of 40,000 patients and found that more than 11 per cent of men and six per cent of women over the age of 40 with went on to be diagnosed with within a year.

This rose to 18 per cent of men and 10 per cent of women if a second raised count was recorded within six months.

In the general population, around one per cent develop in any one year.

"We know that early diagnosis is absolutely key in whether people survive Our research suggests that substantial numbers of people could have their diagnosed up to three months earlier if prompted investigation for cancer," said lead author of the University of Exeter Medical School in Britain.

"This time could make a vital difference in achieving earlier diagnosis," Bailey added.

Lung and colorectal were more commonly diagnosed with thrombocytosis, the study showed.

One-third of patients with and lung or colorectal had no other symptoms that would indicate to their doctor that they had

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