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Br J Gen Pract. 1997 May; 47(418): 311–312.
PMCID: PMC1313008

Do general practitioners inform patients of the association between Helicobactor pylori infection and gastric cancer prior to determining serostatus?


The availability of non-invasive tests for the detection of Helicobactor pylori infection in primary care is increasing. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently labelled H. pylori as a Class 1 carcinogen. We describe how frequently general practitioners (GPs) inform patients of this association prior to offering an H. pylori serology test, and discuss the possible consequences of withholding this information.

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