Epidemiological study of colorectal adenoma and cancer in symptomatic patients in China between 1990 and 2009

J Dig Dis. 2011 Oct;12(5):371-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-2980.2011.00531.x.


Objective: The best cure for colorectal cancer (CRC) lies on its early diagnosis and treatment. We aimed to provide the epidemiological features of advanced colorectal adenoma (A-CRA) and CRC in symptomatic patients and to determine whether the incidences of A-CRA and CRC increased simultaneously in China between 1990 and 2009.

Methods: A total of 157,943 patients who had undergone a colonoscopy from 1990 to 2009 were enrolled, of which 6,777 patients had A-CRA and 3,503 had CRC. They were compared with controls in a stratified analysis. The detection rates of A-CRA and CRC in the 1990s and 2000s were also compared.

Results: The detection rate of A-CRA increased 1.88-fold over the two decades, while that of CRC increased 0.66-fold. The percentages of patients with A-CRA and CRC who were elder than 50 years were significantly higher in the 2000s than those in the 1990s (P = 0.000). The changes of location of A-CRA and CRC during the two decades indicated a shift of lesions from the distal colon to proximal colon.

Conclusion: There was a significant increase in detection rate of A-CRA in the 2000s, but CRC did not increase at a similar speed. Our results indicated that the early detection and removal of colorectal adenoma in symptomatic patients might decrease the incidence of CRC.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adenoma / epidemiology*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • China / epidemiology
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Epidemiologic Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Time Factors