Investigating iron deficiency anaemia

William Sievert, Finlay A Macrae and Barbara A Leggett, for the Gastroenterological Society of Australia
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11506
Published online: 3 June 2013

Persistent unexplained iron deficiency should always be investigated, but iron deficiency is common and colorectal cancer rare in young women — the risks of investigation must be balanced against the risks of serious pathology

We would like to express our sympathy to the family and to acknowledge the tragedy of the circumstances in regard to the death of their 29-year-old family member from metastatic colon cancer.

  • William Sievert1
  • Finlay A Macrae2
  • Barbara A Leggett3
  • for the Gastroenterological Society of Australia

  • 1 Gastroenterology and Hepatology Unit, Monash Medical Centre, Monash Health, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Colorectal Medicine and Genetics, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Department of Gastroenterology, Royal Brisbane Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.


Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.


remove_circle_outline Delete Author
add_circle_outline Add Author

Do you have any competing interests to declare? *

I/we agree to assign copyright to the Medical Journal of Australia and agree to the Conditions of publication *
I/we agree to the Terms of use of the Medical Journal of Australia *
Email me when people comment on this article

Online responses are no longer available. Please refer to our instructions for authors page for more information.