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April 6, 1935

CANCER OF THE TRANSVERSE COLON IN A SEVEN YEAR OLD BOY

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Willow Grove, Pa.

JAMA. 1935;104(14):1227-1229. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.92760140003010b
Abstract

In considering the question of cancer of the colon in children, one is dealing with an unusual condition. Although it does occur rather infrequently, one should keep it in mind in the consideration of the diagnosis of some obscure abdominal conditions. The incidence of cancer in persons under the age of 15 years is so low that reported cases are regarded as oddities.1 Cases of carcinoma of the intestinal tract occurring in young persons must be looked on as extremely uncommon.2 In considering the incidence of carcinoma of the large bowel in children, Philipp3 stated that 28 per cent of ninety-three cases affected the intestinal tract. In 1914 Redho4 was able to find but 536 cases of carcinoma during the period of youth in a review of the literature up to that date. Schamoni5 performed 2,500 necropsies on children in the first ten years

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