World day of colon cancer: early diagnosis saves lives


World day of colon cancer: early diagnosis saves lives

Colorectal cancer is one of the cancers that causes more deaths a year, along with the lung, stomach, liver, and breast, according to data from the World Health Organization (who). But it is also one of the tumors has higher rate of survival, since 90% of the cases that are diagnosed early are cured. To promote periodic inspections that help detect any problem in time is celebrated each March 30 the day of the prevention of colon cancer.

To detect any problem colorectal is a fecal occult blood test, a simple and inexpensive test

Prevention of colon cancer is easy, comfortable and cheap

In Spain die approximately 14,700 people for colon cancer each year, according to EuropaColon Spain, which also claims that data down to 4,000 people if they will undertake screening nationwide persons forming the Group of risk. This group is made up of over 50 years, corresponding to 90% of the people diagnosed, patients who have had polyps in the large intestine or inflammatory bowel disease, as well as people with poor diet, that includes much red meat and low fiber, do not exercise, or they eat regularly tobacco and alcohol.

The main test that could blow the alert before a case of colon cancer is the fecal occult blood test, a cheap and comfortable procedure that can be performed at home, but it has the disadvantage that it can give positive for other reasons which are not of colon cancer, such as hemorrhoids or anal fissues. In any case, this test helps physicians to follow the procedure and, if positive, a colonoscopy, a more expensive procedure that allows you to view the inside of the colon and diagnose no doubt any problem should be.

Fecal occult blood test for all

It seems incredible that only take a stool sample and take it to the health center to eliminate early the disease. However, the Spanish Association against Cancer (AECC) reports that there are differences between the Spanish autonomous communities against cancer of colon, as the Basque country, Navarra, La Rioja and Valencia have a total coverage for this disease.

For this reason the AECC has launched a virtual event that encouraged to unite to fight for equal rights against colon cancer. With the image of the emoticon of the WhatsApp poop and the hashtag #mierdaenhuelga they intend to reach the population and raise awareness of the importance of prevention in this type of cancer.

However, there is a part of the population that despite being on the list of people at risk does not attend to make colon screening. This is what has exposed loyal Regina, Managing Director of the health service Spanish Manchego (SESCAM), after a prevention program in this autonomous community. It was invited more than 106,000 men and women to perform diagnostic tests, and 58% of the total was only attended by.

While they are improved figures, that 58% gave positive 8,7%, which had to undergo a colonoscopy. Thanks to this test is failed to detect almost 3,000 lesions in the colon or rectum, of which 490 were high-risk, and 152 Neoplasms polyps. Remember that one of these diagnostic tests not will take you long, but it can save your life.