Human Trophoblast Neoplasms pp 187-195

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 176)

Epidemiology of Trophoblast Disease in Africa — Lagos

  • Akin Agboola
  • O. O. Abudu

Abstract

Trophoblast neoplasm is a common disease in Nigeria and this has been confirmed by previous workers (1, 2, 3). Choriocarcinoma is the third most common cancer in Nigeria, after cancer of the cervix and of the breast. Having realized the significance of this tumor, which fortunately is invariably curable if treated promptly, much attention is now focused on its epidemiology. Although racial incidence of this disease is undisputed, its etiology has in the past been linked with external factors including viral (4), chemical (5), dietary (6, 7), and genetic (8, 9). It has also been suggested (9) that trophoblastic neoplasms may be attributed to immune mechanisms.

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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Akin Agboola
    • 1
  • O. O. Abudu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology College of MedicineUniversity of LagosLagosNigeria

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