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Thrombocytosis and cancer

Published: 26th July 2022

11th February 2022

The British Journal of General Practice suggests thrombocytosis is a risk marker of cancer in adults and is worthy of further investigation. Lung and colorectal cancer were the most commonly diagnosed cancers. There is a stronger association between high platelets and cancer in men.

Other concerning features are persistent raised platelets and higher levels of platelets.

Helpful hint:

NICE recommends also considering an urgent chest X‑ray (to be performed within 2-weeks) to assess for lung cancer in people aged 40 and over if they have thrombocytosis.

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