Original Publication Date: 10 November, 2015
Publication / Source: Future Oncology
Authors: Hampig Raphael Kourie & Ahmad Hussein Awada
The detection of multiple primary cancers in the same patient has increased in frequency during the last decades. Those diagnosed cancers are either synchronous, detected at the same time or metachronous, occurring after a period of time following the first cancer. A review of the literature of nearly one million cancer patients concluded that the prevalence of multiple primary malignant cancers was between 0.73 and 11.7% . Overall, cancer survivors had a 14% higher risk of developing a new malignancy than would have been expected in the general population .