Editor-in-Chief, Deputy Editor 2017-2019

 

Editor-in-Chief:

Tom MOREELS

 

Deputy Editor:

Nicolas LANTHIER

 

Review



Primary prevention of colorectal cancer


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Introduction Colorectal adenocarcinoma is the second most common cancer in the industrialised countries. In Belgium, more than 6000 new cases are diagnosed every year, among whom more than 50% will die of the disease (1), despite constant progress in treatment modalities, including surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Colon cancers arise as a result of a series of pathologic and molecular changes, which transform the normal cell into a cancerous cell, with an adenomatous polyp as an intermediate step in most cases. Necropsy data reveal that adenomatous polyps are as frequent as 50 percent in the general population by the age of 70 (2). Substantial progress is expected from prevention, which is generally divided into primary and secondary prevention. Secondary prevention deals with early detection and screening, and polyp removal. Primary prevention consists in identifying modulating factors and providing populations with advises and recommendations, or interventions with chemoprevention. It is a wide and promising field, with considerable benefit to be expected. For example, a 1% decrease in cancer incidence in the USA (more than 100.000 new cases per year, more than 50.000 deaths).... [Product Details...]