Colonic polyps and colon cancer

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Globally, more than 1 million new cases of colorectal cancer (CRC) are diagnosed each year and CRC accounts for 10% of all cancer deaths. Symptoms (i.e., hematochezia, melena, change in bowel habits, etc.) and signs (i.e., anemia, positive fecal occult blood test, etc.) of CRC can be subtle and non - specifi c, but often indicate relatively advanced - stage disease. Since prognosis is inversely associated with CRC stage, early detection of premalignant adenomas or locally - invasive cancers is a clinical priority. Therapy for invasive malignancy is multimodal and can involve surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Although not universally applied, guidelines have been developed for post - therapeutic CRC surveillance to detect recurrent and metachronous lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPractical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Subtitle of host publicationSmall and Large Intestine and Pancreas
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781444328417
ISBN (Print)9781405182744
StatePublished - Aug 31 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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