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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Saarah T. Alkhairy, M.D.

Overview

Colorectal cancer can be dated back to an Egyptian mummy who had lived in the Dakleh Oasis during the Ptolemaic period (200-400 CE). Dr. Aldred Warthin (an American pathologist) studied a family in 1895 and published his first report on it in 1913, documenting a pattern of endometrial, gastric, and colon cancers. In 1971, Lynch and Krush updated the studies of the family which eventually became known as hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC), also known as Lynch Syndrome. In February 2000, President Bill Clinton pronounced March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

Colorectal Cancer Historical Perspective

  • The first historical diagnosis of cancer, in particular colorectal cancer, was by Professor Michael Zimmerman on an ancient Egyptian mummy who had lived in the Dakleh Oasis during the Ptolemaic period (200-400 CE).[1]
  • The first account of a hereditary colorectal disease was by Dr. Aldred Warthin, who first suspected the disorder on a female patient.[2]
  • Dr. Aldred Warthin (an American pathologist) began studying her family in 1895 and published his first report on it in 1913 documenting a pattern of endometrial, gastric, and colon cancers.[2]
  • In February 2000, President Bill Clinton pronounced March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

References

  1. Rehemtulla A (2010). "Dinosaurs and ancient civilizations: reflections on the treatment of cancer". Neoplasia. 12 (12): 957–68. PMC 3003131. PMID 21170260.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Schlussel AT, Gagliano RA, Seto-Donlon S, Eggerding F, Donlon T, Berenberg J; et al. (2014). "The evolution of colorectal cancer genetics-Part 1: from discovery to practice". J Gastrointest Oncol. 5 (5): 326–35. doi:10.3978/j.issn.2078-6891.2014.069. PMC 4173047. PMID 25276405.

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