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Adenocarcinoma the most common cell type in patients presenting with primary lung cancer in the Western Cape province

Coenraad F N Koegelenberg, Kushroo Aubeelack, Aldoph B Nanguzgambo, Elvis M Irusen, Abdurasiet Mowlana, Florian von Groote-Bidlingmaier, Chris T Bolliger

Abstract


Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide for men and women, causing approximately 1.2 million deaths per year. The absolute and relative frequencies of lung cancer have risen dramatically and in South Africa account for 17% of all cancer deaths. We found that adenocarcinoma is now the most common histological subtype of primary lung cancer diagnosed in the Western Cape province and that almost 90% of all patients with non-small cell lung cancer have advanced local or metastatic disease at the time of diagnosis.

Authors' affiliations

Coenraad F N Koegelenberg, Division of Pulmonology, Department of Medicine, University of Stellenbosch

Kushroo Aubeelack, Division of Pulmonology, Department of Medicine, University of Stellenbosch

Aldoph B Nanguzgambo, Division of Pulmonology, Department of Medicine, University of Stellenbosch

Elvis M Irusen, Division of Pulmonology, Department of Medicine, University of Stellenbosch

Abdurasiet Mowlana, Division of Pulmonology, Department of Medicine, University of Stellenbosch

Florian von Groote-Bidlingmaier, Division of Pulmonology, Department of Medicine, University of Stellenbosch

Chris T Bolliger, Division of Pulmonology, Department of Medicine, University of Stellenbosch

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Keywords

Lung cancer; Adenocarcinoma

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2011;101(5):321.

Article History

Date submitted: 2010-09-26
Date published: 2011-05-06

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