Cancer surveillance in ulcerative colitis: More of the same or progress?

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Patients withg ulcerative colitis, particularly thosee with extensive disease with a duration of more than 8-10 years, are well known to be at greater than average risk for developing and dying from colorectal cancer. In a recent Swedish population- based study of >1 million subjects, the number of deaths from colorectal cancer among those with ulcerative colitis was threefold greater than expected for the general population. However, the same study confirmed that for a patient even with newly diagnosed extensive disease, the risk of eventually dying from colorectal cancer is considerably less than the likelihood of death from severe colitis in the first 2 years after diagnosis

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Vemulapalli, R., & Lance, P. (1994). Cancer surveillance in ulcerative colitis: More of the same or progress? Gastroenterology, 107(4), 1196–1199. https://doi.org/10.1016/0016-5085(94)90249-6

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