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."
[10/24/2002; Doctor's Guide] www.docguide.com
Ann's NOTE: Sounds to me like women with breast cancer may get colon cancer but not necessarily via polyps.
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