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The Detection of Mutagens in Human Feces as an Approach to the Discovery of Causes of Colon Cancer

  • H. F. Mower
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Abstract

Colon cancer is a major health problem. It is the second most prevalent organ-site cancer for both sexes in “Western societies”(35) (in the U. S. and Western Europe women get more breast cancer and men get more lung cancer than colon cancer). In the U. S. over 100,000 cases of colon cancer can be expected each year in the 1980s, and about 45% of the cases will be fatal.(19) The incidence of the disease in the U. S. appears to have stabilized since the 1930s. It is slowly increasing among white males and slowly decreasing among white females.(3) About 3% of the population will be affected some time during their lives. As the population of the U. S. shifts to larger proportions of older people, the number of colon cancer cases will steadily increase, and the many adverse effects of this disease on our society will multiply.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. F. Mower
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  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Cancer Center of HawaiiUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

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