What is the risk of colorectal cancer in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Beyond 8-10 years after diagnosis, the risk of colorectal cancer increases by 0.5%-1.0% per year. Surveillance colonoscopies with random biopsies reduce mortality from colorectal cancer in patients with ulcerative colitis by allowing the detection of low- or high-grade dysplasia and early stage carcinoma.


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