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    Colon Cancer Rates Rising in Buenos Aires Province?

    By Keith R | August 6, 2007

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    In a recent article in La Nacion, the Cancer Registry of Argentina's most populous province, Buenos Aires (PBA), reported that colon cancer rates appear to be rising for reasons unknown.  13% of the cancer cases registered in PBA involve colon cancer, an incidence rate of about 37.4 per 1,000 inhabitants every year.  If the trend of the first half of 2007 holds for the rest of the year, colon cancer will rise to 17.4% of the province's cases.  The head of the provincial registry, Dr. Silvia Bonicatto, thinks that the incidence of colon cancer might not be rising per se, but rather more cases are being diagnosed.  She suggested that it was more worrisome that the newly diagnosed cases are being found more in people aged 30-40, whereas in the past cases were most often found in those over 50.

    According to Bonicatto, the most frequently newly registered cancers in the province are breast cancer (80 cases per 1,000), prostate (47) and uterine (25). 


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