Surgical Prophylaxis for Inheritable Malignant Diseases: Colorectal and Gastric Cancer

June 2009
American Surgeon;Jun2009, Vol. 75 Issue 6, p463
Academic Journal
Despite advances in modern medicine, cancer remains all too common and deadly. At its core, cancer is a disease of our DNA. As such, many cancers are passed from parents to children, making cancer one of the most commonly inherited diseases. Presently, we have no meaningful methods of "preventing" the malignant transformation that occurs as a result of an inherited gene, but investigators have identified several genetic mutations and subsequently developed risk-reduction strategies that sometimes involve surgery.


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