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Int J Clin Oncol. 2002 Feb;7(1):2-26.

Chemoprevention of colorectal carcinogenesis.

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Gastrointestinal and Other Cancers Research Group, National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Prevention, EPN, Suite 2141, 6130 Executive Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892-7317, USA.


The field of cancer prevention is advancing rapidly, largely owing to post-genomic technology that has revolutionized our ability to identify and characterize molecular profiles for cancer. Advances in colorectal cancer screening (e.g., endoscopy, fecal occult blood testing, and mutational analysis) have made the detection and eradication of preinvasive neoplastic lesions the standard of care. Basic and translational sciences are building on these advances, and continue to expose molecular hallmarks of carcinogenesis that can be exploited as targets for molecularly targeted preventive interventions (i.e., chemoprevention). These targets will help identify more effective and better tolerated preventive agents. Carcinogenesis is now recognized as a disease in itself and has become the target of an ever-expanding array of preventive interventions.

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