oa South African Medical Journal - Neutral steroid concentrations in the faeces of North American White and South African Black populations at different risks for cancer of the colon

Volume 51, Issue 23
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



To test the hypothesis that a high risk for cancer of the colon might be associated with high concentrations of neutral steroids in the colon and with breakdown of these compounds by intestinal bacteria, the faecal neutral steroid concentrations of 84 rural South African Black adults (a population at low risk for colonic cancer), and of 98 North American White adults (a population at high risk for colonic cancer) were compared.

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