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Med Clin North Am. 2005 Jan;89(1):1-42, vii.

The pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and diagnosis of colon cancer and adenomatous polyps.

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Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Albert Einstein Medical Center, 5501 Old York Road, Philadelphia, PA 19141-3098, USA. mscappell@yahoo.com

Abstract

A review of the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and diagnosis of colon cancer and colonic polyps is important and timely. This field is rapidly changing because of breakthroughs in the molecular basis of carcinogenesis and in the technology for colon cancer detection and treatment. This article reviews colon cancer and colonic polyps, with a focus on recent dramatic advances, to help the pri-mary care physician and internist appropriately refer patients for screening colonoscopy and intelligently evaluate colonoscopic findings to reduce the mortality from this cancer.

PMID:
15527807
DOI:
10.1016/j.mcna.2004.08.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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