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Techniques in Coloproctology

, Volume 8, Supplement 1, pp s161–s163 | Cite as

Obesity and colorectal cancer

  • F. Lagra
  • K. KarastergiouEmail author
  • I. Delithanasis
  • E. Koutsika
  • I. Katsikas
  • P. Papadopoulou-Zekeridou
Article

Abstract

Background

To correlate obesity and colorectal cancer for Greek living conditions.

Patients and methods

We studied 97 patients, who over the last 5 years were diagnosed histopathologically with colorectal cancer. 75.3% of the patients were either overweight or centrally obese; secondly, 21.6% patients had diabetes, percentages higher than those in the population (statistically significant). Hyperinsulinaemia and resistance to insulin have been implicated in colorectal carcinogenesis.

Conclusions

As our sample was small, no statistically significant evidence correlating diet and/or physical activity to colorectal cancer has emerged.

Key words

Obesity Colorectal cancer Diabetes mellitus Diet 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Italia 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Lagra
    • 1
  • K. Karastergiou
    • 1
    Email author
  • I. Delithanasis
    • 1
  • E. Koutsika
    • 1
  • I. Katsikas
    • 1
  • P. Papadopoulou-Zekeridou
    • 1
  1. 1.1st Department of Internal MedicineKavala General HospitalKavalaGreece

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