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Colorectal Tumors

  • J.-C. Givel
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Abstract

Colorectal cancer is a major cause of death in Western countries and is increasing rapidly in the East, where Western nutrition and lifestyles are being adopted. In terms of its frequency of occurrence, it still ranks second among cancers in developed countries. There is a marked predominance of lesions located in the rectum (final 15 cm of the large intestine), repre-senting approximately one third of all colorectal tumors. Although occurring predominantly at an advanced age, this type of cancer is sometimes found in younger patients, even if no predisposing risk factors are present. However, most of those affected are over 60 years of age, occurrence being most frequent during the eighth decade of life. The proportion of patients younger than 30 years of age is given as l%-4%. A slight preponderance of the disease in males has been noted by some authors.

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