Colon cancer detection campaign
This morning the Adeje department of health protection published details of a free colon cancer screening programme that is happening on April 5th and 6th. According to the local councillor for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, “we want to make the public aware of this cancer, one of the more common in our country, with over 34 thousand cases diagnosed annually, affecting men and women equally. It is really important to carry out occasional checks as this kind of cancer can grow with few obvious symptoms. A simple test of a stool sample can, however, prevent the evolution of the disease. If caught in time this cancer can be cured in 90% of cases”.
Hospiten Sur and the Spanish Cancer Association are spearheading the campaign offer free testing. All the public need to do is request an appointment (phone 922 750022) on either April 5th or 6th and turn up with a sample.
During the morning the Adeje council ran an information table on this form of cancer explaining how the test is carried out. It is particularly recommended for people over 50 years of age who are in a risk category and those who have a family history of this kind of cancer. Colonic cancer is the third most common in men, after prostrate and lung cancers, and second most common in women after breast cancer.
The most common symptoms that can signal the appearance of this cancer include changes in intestinal behaviour, unexplained weight loss, anaemia, abdominal pain among others. There are many different tests available, depending on the age and medical condition of the patient, however usually a stool sample is detected for traces of blood, and if positive a colonoscopy is ordered.
Prevention is helped through diet, foods rich in fibre and low in saturated fats and animal proteins. People should also drink 2 litres of water a day, avoid refined sugars, avoid smoking, drink in moderate amounts and eat their meals at regular hours. Daily exercise and get enough hours sleep every night is also recommended.
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