n South African Gastroenterology Review - The epidemiology of colorectal cancer in South Africa : room for improvement : review

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1812-1659



Traditionally, colorectal cancer has been regarded as rare among black South Africans and common among white South Africans. Over the years, this perception spawned studies searching for either the protective factors among black South Africans or predisposing factors among their white counterparts. However, the distribution of the underlying risk drivers in the population has been gradually changing, with many black South Africans gradually adopting diets and lifestyles that can be considered aetiological. Thus with the potential of a growing burden of disease it is opportune to review the available data on the epidemiology of colorectal cancer in South Africa and provide a baseline for monitoring future trends.

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