Colorectal Cancer: Rare in Pediatrics

A recent retrospective single-center in Turkey study (2013-2018) reports 5 cases of colorectal cancer (CRC).

E Polat et al. JPGN Reports; 2021 – Volume 2 – Issue 1 – p e039 Full text: Colorectal Carcinoma in Childhood

Key points:

  • Patients were between 12-16 yrs of age and presented with bloody stools and weight loss
  • “CRC in childhood is very rare, usually diagnosed at an advanced stage and often has poor prognosis. CRC in children are mostly sporadic, roughly 10% of cases may have a predisposing condition…familial adenomatous polyposis, hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer, Gardner syndrome, Turcot syndrome, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, juvenile polyposis of colon, and ulcerative colitis.”

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