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Colorectal cancer more likely after first acute diverticulitis

Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
Reuters Health - 21/10/2020 - Acute diverticulitis, a leading cause of U.S. hospital admissions, is associated with an increased risk of subsequent colorectal cancer (CRC), according to a large population-based study. "We found that there was an almost 2-fold greater risk of colorectal cancer within one year after first presentation of diverticulitis compared to those without diverticulitis," Dr. Gregory S. Cooper of Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio, told Reuters Health by email. The incidence of acute diverticulitis is increasing, he and his colleagues note in Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. However, despite an apparent connection to CRC, "Screening every patient for CRC after an episode of acute diverticulitis has remained controversial, especially for cases of uncomplicated diverticulitis." To shed more light on the matter, the researchers examined data from 2015 to 2020 on 31 million patients drawn from 26 healthcare systems across th...

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