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2022: your most popular questions answered

Published: 21st December 2022

As this year draws to a close, we’ve revisited the archive to find the most read questions and answers of 2022.

Each article has been designed specifically for primary care professionals, to support you in the early detection of cancer.

Raised CA125 – what is the next step for primary care?

If a patient is sent for a CA125 test and the results show a raised level of 35 IU/ml or greater, an urgent transabdominal/transvaginal ultrasound should be arranged within two weeks.

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HPV: what are the common myths?

A HPV diagnosis can often carry psychological symptoms such as fear, guilt, shame, and anxiety. The psychological distress associated with being diagnosed with HPV is linked to a series of common misconceptions (Tomás-Aragonés et al, 2009).

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Headache: symptom of a brain tumour?

Headaches alone are a very uncommon presentation of brain tumours, with only 7% of brain tumour patients presenting with just a headache. However, most patients will experience them at some point in their brain tumour journey.

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Soft tissue lumps – when should primary care be concerned?

Symptoms of soft tissue sarcomas can vary depending on the size and location of the tumour. Patients may experience all, some, or none of these features of a lump:

  • Increasing in size
  • Is larger than 5cm
  • Usually painful, but not always

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