Early Diagnosis and Detection of Colorectal Cancer in High-Risk Population Groups

  • Martin Lipkin
  • Paul Sherlock
  • Sidney J. Winawer
Part of the Sloan-Kettering Institute Cancer Series book series (SKICS)


Cancer of the colon and rectum is presently responsible for about 15% of all malignant neoplasms found in the United States. It now exceeds the frequency of lung cancer when male and female rates of occurrence are combined. The American Cancer Society predicted 100,000 new colorectal cancer cases in 1976; of these, 70,000 were expected to be colon and 30,000 rectal in origin (Silverberg and Holleb, 1975), with a total of 50,000 deaths. It is obvious that colorectal cancer poses a major problem in the United States as well as many other countries. Detection and diagnosis when the disease is at an earlier stage could result in earlier treatment and improvement in survival.


Colorectal Cancer Colon Cancer Bile Acid Barium Enema Adenomatous Polyp 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Lipkin
    • 1
  • Paul Sherlock
    • 1
  • Sidney J. Winawer
    • 1
  1. 1.Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA

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