The factors which influence the prognosis of carcinoma of the rectum and of the rectosigmoid in persons 30 years of age and less are multiple, although at present the most satisfactory indicators are the ability of the patient to withstand the effects of surgical removal of the lesion and the presence or absence of metastasis. The latter factor closely parallels the grade of the tumor as classified by Broders.1 The clinical observations, the age and the sex of the patient and the rectal and proctoscopic observations, as well as the observations made at the time of surgical exploration, all must be correlated before the future health of a patient can be determined with any approximation of accuracy.
The present paper is a review of 116 cases of carcinoma of the rectum and of the rectosigmoid in which persons 30 years of age and less were involved. The patients were
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