oa South African Medical Journal - Malignancy in the African

Volume 23, Issue 50
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



1. The main articles published on malignant disease in the African are reviewed. 2. The author's findings on 2,000 autopsies (Table I) and 334 sections of malignant tumours (Table 11) are analysed and compared with the findings of others. 3. There is general agreement that carcinoma is more common than sarcoma, but sarcoma is relatively frequent. 4. Melanotic sarcoma is common and often arises on the foot. 5. Kaposi's tumour is an interesting and frequent finding in the Native of Africa. 6. Retinoblastoma is another prevalent tumour in the Bantu child and infant. 7. Skin epitheliomata are very common, especially those arising on the site of a chronic tropical ulcer in the leg. 8. Albinos are liable to develop malignancy of the skin. 9. Basal cell carcinoma is relatively rare in the Bantu. 10. Of the visceral growths, primary carcinoma of the liver is the most common. It almost always arises in a liver which is already cirrhotic, mostly in males and usually in those relatively young. 11. The incidence of carcinoma of the bladder, stomach, pancreas and bowel are discussed.

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