No Higher Risk for Colon Cancer

ACG: Abnormal Colon Disease Not Apparent in Breast Cancer Patients

SEATTLE, WA -- October 23, 2002 -- Researchers said they could not find evidence that abnormal colon pathology occurs more frequently in women who have had breast cancer.

In a study presented here October 22 at the 67th annual scientific meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACT), Dr. James Smith, MD, director of gastrointestinal endoscopy at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, said that polyps appeared less frequently in the cancer patients than in controls. However, there were more cancers in the patients who also had breast cancer than in controls.

"These results are somewhat confusing," Dr. Smith said at his poster, "and I interpret that as meaning that women with breast cancer do not have any greater risk of developing colon cancer than the rest of the population."

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Ann's NOTE: Sounds to me like women with breast cancer may get colon cancer but not necessarily via polyps.

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