APC mutation and the initiation of colorectal cancer

Grant number: 400251

Abstract

Colorectal (or bowel) cancer is a major health problem in Australia. At present it is the most common cancer, approximately 1 in 21 Australians will develop the disease in his-her lifetime. The risk of bowel cancer increases with age, with the risk rising progressively and sharply from the age of 50. Current therapies for advanced colorectal cancer are not very effective. Mortality from colorectal cancer is high, being second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer death in Australia. The development of colorectal cancer is affected by both genetic and environmental factors. Colorectal cancer progresses through a number of distinct pathological stages. This is thought to be the re..

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