Are There Risk Factors in the European Population, Which Promote Rectal Cancer and/or Favour Curability?
Although the survival of rectal cancer has steadily improved in recent years , differences in the distribution of cases by stage at diagnosis and in survival within each stage strongly indicate that there are opportunities to improve outcomes if we are able to apply that what we know is effective. Challenges posed by the ageing of the population and its impact on the comorbidity at diagnosis are factors with strong influence on the therapeutic decision-making. Rectal cancer is also associated with hereditary syndromes that could modify significantly the therapeutic approach and, as a consequence, patients’ prognosis.
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