Gastrointestinal malignancies in a young tropical African population.

  title={Gastrointestinal malignancies in a young tropical African population.},
  author={M. A. Atoba and I. O. Olubuyide and P O Aghadiuno},
  journal={Tropical doctor},
  volume={19 3},
The records of 695 patients with confirmed gastroenterological malignancies over a 10 year period (January 1976-December 1985) were analysed. Of these, 264 patients (37.98%) were below the age of 40 years. Primary liver cell carcinoma was the commonest malignancy while gallbladder and oropharyngeal cancers were the least common. Most of the patients (66.3%) were in their fourth decade. The prognosis was poor as most of the patients presented late. 

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