One research project, conducted at the University of South Florida, Tampa, USA, linked the development of upper colon cancer to three comorbid illnesses, congestive heart failure, peptic ulcer, and diabetes mellitus.
The study, involving nearly 10,000 patients from Florida's cancer registry, found that women and people of African origin were also at increased risk.
A second study, conducted at Singapore General Hospital, Singapore, identified an intracellular protein, carcinoembryonic antigen, as being a predictor of cancer that was likely to recur and metastasize.
|Upper colon cancer risk factors:|
- Congestive heart failure
- Peptic ulcer
- Diabetes mellitus
- Female gender
- African origin
|Diseases of the Colon and Rectum|
The research, involving 261 patients, showed that high levels of the protein could be detected in some patients at the time of surgery for potentially curable colorectal cancer. This was associated with a ten times increased risk of recurrence.
Speaking about the Florida research, John MacKeigan, President of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, said, "Everyone should be tested beginning at age 50. Those falling into an increased risk category, such as those identified in this study, should consult their colon and rectal surgeon or other health-care provider to see if they need to be screened earlier."
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