John Kisiel, M.D., discusses a recent study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology that concluded patients with Crohn’s disease, but not ulcerative colitis, have an overall excess risk of cancer. Specific cancers include colon, lung, cervical, and lymphoma.
Dr. Kisiel also mentions that these findings highlight the increased importance of cancer screening and prevention measures for IBD patients, including:
- Obtaining adequate colon cancer surveillance
- Screening of female patients for cervical cancer
- Vaccinating against HPV in younger patients (male and female)
- More aggressive counseling for smoking cessation
Dr. Kisiel is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic specializing in the care and evaluation of patients with IBD.