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Colorectal carcinoma in a patient with prior breast cancer: Is there a causal link?

Scarles, E and Nightingale, J 2008, 'Colorectal carcinoma in a patient with prior breast cancer: Is there a causal link? ' , Radiography, 14 (1) , pp. 2-7.

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    Abstract

    A 70-year-old female patient with prior breast cancer was diagnosed with colorectal carcinoma six years following the original breast referral. The cancers were both discovered at an early stage enabling potentially curative surgery to be performed, with an associated good long-term prognosis. This article explores a range of cancer risk factors associated with lifestyle, genetics and medication to ascertain whether the two primary cancers were independent oncological events, or whether they were related. Factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, genetic predisposition and the use of contraceptives and Tamoxifen may increase the relative risk for both cancers. Various studies have offered conflicting data regarding the relative risk for developing the second cancer, but long-term cohort studies will continue to add to the evidence base. It is possible that the outcomes of these studies may have implications for the follow up of breast cancer patients within the colorectal cancer screening service.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
    Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Radiography
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1078-8174
    Depositing User: JM Nightingale
    Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2011 11:25
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:45
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/12729

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