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Priorities and funding for global cancer surgery research.

The UN High Level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) held in 2011 drew attention to the global burden of NCDs, including cancer. While there was no specific mention of surgery in general or cancer surgery in particular, this high level discussion brought to attention the burden of cancer and garnered international agreement to launch cancer control efforts.

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A symptom-based model to predict colorectal cancer in low-resource countries: Results from a prospective study of patients at high risk for colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer (CRC) rates in low-resource countries, which typically lack CRC screening programs, are rising. This study determined whether a risk model for patients with rectal bleeding could identify patients with curable CRC.