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Cancer. 1988 Apr 1;61(7):1472-6.

Polyps of the colon in Barcelona, Spain. An autopsy study.

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Department of Pathology, Hospital Clinic i Provincial, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Barcelona, Spain.

Abstract

This study is based on a prospective survey of 212 autopsies that was conducted to determine the prevalence of colon adenomas in Barcelona, Spain. Adenomatous polyps were found in 21.7% of the patients (29.3% of the men and 12.5% of the women); multiple adenomas were found in 40% of the patients. Almost all adenomas were less than 5 mm in diameter, although 6.7% of the ones seen predominantly in the rectosigmoid colon were larger than 1 cm. The prevalence and number of adenomas increases with age. The prevalence of hyperplastic polyps was very low (1.6%). The data shows a relationship between the prevalence of colon adenomas in Spain and the incidence of colon cancer. The prevalence of colon adenomas in Spain is one of the lowest compared with that in other European countries and North America.

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