• Abdul. Barry J. A Department of Biochemistry. College of Medicine, University of Basrah,
  • Al. Naama L. M Department of Biochemistry. College of Medicine, University of Basrah
  • Al. Manaseer Z.A Department of Biochemistry. College of Medicine, University of Basrah
  • Al Khayat H Department of Surgery, Basrah General Hospital, Basrah
Keywords: Vitamin C, Different types of malignancy, Non – malignant patients


The present paper reports selected results of 184 surgical patients in Basrah. They were 82 males and 102 females. Their ages ranged between 22-84 years. From those, 100 patients had different malignancies. 43% from the total number, of malignant tumors with gastrointestinal GIT cancer, while breast cancer and malignancy of urinary systems each represents 18%. And the other types of malignancy were 21%. The remaining 84 patients were suffering from surgical ailments other than malignancy. Their serum vitamin C were measured. The results showed high significant reduction in serum Vitamin C in all type of malignancy , specifically in GIT (P< 0,00l)in respect to age mainly at the age less than 45 and between 45-65 years old, as well as sex and nutritional habit mainly among those consuming fruit and Vegetables less than 3 times per week. Therefore, we conclude that serum Vitamin C are measurable biochemical indices that can be used as predictors for following those patients during and after treatments.


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