A Current Perspective of Schistosomiasis in Association with Colorectal Carcinogenesis

The Open Infectious Diseases Journal 31 Jan 2019 REVIEW ARTICLE DOI: 10.2174/1874279301911010007



Schistosomiasis is one of the parasitic infections that are often found in humans. More than approximately 200 million people are infected with Schistosomiasis in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa, South America and Asian countries. Literature has long been suggesting the correlation between Schistosomiasis and colorectal malignancy. There is a considerable directory supporting the etiological relation between Schistosoma japonicum infection and colorectal cancer in the Far East, however, the available data about the role of Schistosoma mansoni that can initiate the carcinogenesis of colorectal remain insignificant.


As such, more studies of this disease should be conducted comprehensively for corporate social responsibility internationally.


The present study reviewed the available data about the role of Schistosoma, including S. mansoni in association with the carcinogenesis of colorectal.


The study shows the possible evidence of epidemiology, pathology, molecules and immunopathology associated with Schistosomal infections and colorectal cancer. The infections are apparently getting little attention nor support worldwide due to the geographical barriers and some political issues because it mainly occurs in the people living in the bottom billion and happens in the endemic regions only.


The in-depth study of this infectious disease will tailor early diagnosis, novel prescription drugs and cost-effective strategies for the treatment of infectious disease colorectal cancer, and hence eradicate the disease in the endemic regions.

Keywords: Schistosomiasis, Colorectal cancer, Neglected infectious disease, Schistosoma mansoni, Schistosoma japonicum, Disease eradication.
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