This article examined the correlation between the length of appendix vermiformis and colon cancer. The authors conducted a retrospective study of abdominal CT scans over a period of 3 years between 2010 and 2013. Study population included a mix gender sample of 162 patients aged 50 to 80 years. The results indicate that colon cancer patients have a shorter appendix compared to their healthy counterparts. The authors did not find any correlation between age or gender and the length of appendix. In conclusion, the authors state that appendix should not only be perceived as a vestigial structure but as a critical risk factor in the development of colon cancer.
Vassiliki L. Tsikitis, B. G. (2012). Trends of Incidence and Survival of Gastrointestinal Neuroendocrine Tumors in the United States: A Seer Analysis. Journal Of Cancer, Vol 3, Iss 1, Pp 292-302 (2012), (1), 292.
This study examined the incidence and survival rates of primary gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) reported in the United States with regard to age, race-ethnicity and geographic region. The author examined the data from 17 registers of the U.S. National Cancer Institute SEER database between 1973- 2008. The results indicate that the incidence of gastrointestinal NETs of colon and the small intestine has been increasing. This increase varied between regions. The Midwest was reported as an area with the most rapid increase whereas the East had the lowest increase of rectal NETs. The author reported a higher incidence of NETs among African-Americans compared to their Caucasian counterparts. The results also suggest that NETs of rectum (95.6%) and appendix (90.3%) have the best survival prognosis over a 5-year period. Lastly, a significant improvement in the prognosis of small intestine NETs was not observed only for patients in the South of the country....
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