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P0262 Fecal Microbiome Associated With Both Colon Adenomas and Lifetime Colorectal Cancer Risk
Author Insight from Sarah A. Alharfi, MD, University Hospitals Case Medical Center
What’s new here and important for clinicians?
The microbiome including bacterial and fungal flora may be associated with risk of colorectal cancer. In a prospective of study of 34 patients referred for screening colonoscopy, we found an association of 6 bacteria (2 positively and 4 negatively correlated) with lifetime risk of colorectal cancer. In addition, two different species were correlated with the presence of adenomas. Further studies should examine the interplay of diet and lifestyle factors.
What do patients need to know?
Organisms in the gut may be associated with risk of colon cancer. We found 4 unique species that were associated with cancer risk. Further studies should examine the interplay of diet and lifestyle factors.
Sarah A. Alharfi, MD, University Hospitals Case Medical Center
dr [dot] salharfi [at] gmail [dot] com
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