Has the risk of colorectal cancer in inflammatory bowel disease decreased?

Nynne Nyboe Andersen, Tine Jess, Department of Epidemiology Research, Statens Serum Institut, DK-2300 Copenhagen, Denmark.
World Journal of Gastroenterology (Impact Factor: 2.37). 11/2013; 19(43):7561-8. DOI: 10.3748/wjg.v19.i43.7561
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The association between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colorectal cancer (CRC) has been acknowledged for almost a century and is assumedly promoted by a chronic inflammation-driven carcinogenic process in the intestine in combination with a genetic predisposition. The magnitude of the risk of CRC in IBD remains a continuing subject of debate. The early, high risk estimates for CRC in IBD were most likely overestimated due to selected patient populations originating from tertiary referral centers with a disproportional high percentage of patients with severe disease. Later population-based studies calculating risk estimates from a broad spectrum of IBD patients have found the risk to be significantly lower. At present, there is evidence that IBD patients with longstanding and extensive disease with uncontrolled inflammation are those at increased risk. Additional, other recognized risk factors include early age at onset, family history of CRC, and concomitant primary sclerosing cholangitis. A significant amount of effort is put into identifying potential preventive factors of CRC in IBD, including surveillance programs and chemopreventive agents but the individual effect of these remains uncertain. Interestingly, recent studies have reported a decline in risk of CRC over time. Surveillance programs and the new treatment strategies, particular biological treatment might be part of the reason for the observed decline in risk of CRC in IBD over time but future studies will have investigate this assumption.

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    • "The link between chronic intestinal inflammation and CRC risk is known [40]. Previous preclinical evidence using an animal model of ulcerative colitis described the antiinflammatory activity of Uro-A [18], the most significant urolithin produced by humans [14]. "
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    • "Finally, CRC may develop in an inflammatory background resulting from severe and chronic activity in inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis). Contrary to the early reports of a very high cancer risk in these patients, primarily populations with severe disease investigated in tertiary referral centers, many later epidemiological follow-up studies have demonstrated only a moderately increased risk of cancer development , which is likely greater for Crohn's disease than ulcerative colitis [28]. However, compared with sporadic or hereditary CRC, risk is increased, and the mechanisms appear to be different. "
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