oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Colorectal carcinoma: presentation and immediate results of surgery at Mpilo Central Hospital

Volume 35, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



It has been claimed that carcinoma of the large intestine is extremely rare in the indigenous black population in Africa. Furthermore, the incidence of colorectal carcinoma in black Africans is said to increase when they abandon their customary diet and adopt a more westernised diet. Although colorectal carcinoma is not a common condition in our region, our experience at Mpilo Hospital over the last eight years suggests that it is by no means a rare condition. During this period we treated 90 black patients giving an average admission rate of 11.25 new cases a year. Virtually all our patients would have been on their customary high roughage diet because they either came from rural areas (55.7 percent) or if they lived in town (44.3 percent) they belonged to the working class.

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