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Peter Boyle, Nigel Gray, Jack Henningfield, John Seffrin, and Witold Zatonski

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566655.001.0001

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Cigarette smoking and colorectal cancer

Cigarette smoking and colorectal cancer

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(p.431) Chapter 24 Cigarette smoking and colorectal cancer
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Tobacco
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Edward Giovannucci

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566655.003.0024

This chapter reviews studies on the link between smoking and colorectal adenoma and cancer. The overall body of evidence indicates that colorectal cancer is a smoking-related malignancy. Two factors probably have contributed to the fact that this has not been appreciated until relatively recently. First, there appears to be a relatively long time lag between the onset of smoking and the period of risk, and second, colorectal cancers are common even in non-smokers so the population attributable risk has been moderate compared to other malignancies.

Keywords:   cigarette smoking, colorectal cancer, colorectal adenoma, cancer risk, tobacco use

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