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In patients with unprovoked venous thromboembolism, occult malignancy is of concern. Studies have shown that more than 60% of occult cancers are diagnosed following unprovoked venous thromboembolism and up to 10% of patients with unprovoked venous thromboembolism are diagnosed with cancer within the following year.1 Despite this, the approach to evaluating patients for occult malignancy varies widely. Studies have described a limited technique of history, physical examination and laboratory tests, as well as utilising multimodal imaging techniques to detect cancer in these patients.2 ,3 Carrier and colleagues compared comprehensive and limited occult-cancer screening strategies in patients with unprovoked venous thromboembolism.
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Contributors This invited commentary was authored by KKG with editing by MTR. Both authors were involved in the planning, conduct and reporting of the work described in the article.
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