Colorectal carcinoma among indigenous people: a public hospital-based study in Townsville and Cairns, North Queensland, Australia

Lu, Ping-Yan, Turner, Richard, Alberts, Val, and Ho, Yik-Hong (2005) Colorectal carcinoma among indigenous people: a public hospital-based study in Townsville and Cairns, North Queensland, Australia. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 75 (11). pp. 972-976.

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Abstract

Introduction: there are very little clinical and pathological data on colorectal cancer among Indigenous people in Australia.

Methods: a retrospective study on Indigenous patients treated for colorectal cancer at the Townsville and Cairns Base Hospitals from 1999 to 2004 was carried out in order to better characterise this disease in the Indigenous population.

Results: there were 25 patients (12 M, 13 F) with a median age of 57.3 years. The majority (56%) of the tumours were left-sided, being in the sigmoid colon, rectosigmoid junction and rectum. Of the patients, 60% had American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) staging system Stage I and II disease at presentation. There was a relatively high proportion of poorly differentiated adenocarcinomas (40%). Six patients died of the disease. The median follow-up was 20.5 months (range 2−51).

Conclusions: comparisons were made with available data on colorectal cancer in the general Australian population. The limitations and deficiencies of the study, as well as problems of data collection on Indigenous people were discussed.

Item ID: 5762
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: cancer; carcinogenesis; colon cancer; indigenous health; rural health
ISSN: 1445-2197
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2009 03:30
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110323 Surgery @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 51%
92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920118 Surgical Methods and Procedures @ 49%
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