With every passing minute, a new diagnosis of bowel cancer is made in Europe.

More than 500,000 new cases of bowel cancer are diagnosed each year in Europe. In 2020 alone, this represented the loss of more than 240,000 lives, not to mention the devastating effects on families and friends who follow the disease closely. However, the Europacolon raises awareness, as part of European Bowel Cancer Month, that bowel cancer is a preventable type of cancer with a high probability of cure when diagnosed and treated in the early stages illness, which does not happen in Portugal because there are delays of eight months.

In Portugal, there are approximately 10,000 new cases diagnosed per year and 17% of deaths caused by cancer are colorectal cancers. “Yet the number of deaths can decrease and the rate of successfully treated cases can increase, by around 90%, if the screening is carried out in time, which does not happen in Portugal, because there are colonoscopies in delay. , as well as the lack of follow-up of positive screening tests which is around eight months, which is all the more serious since these people are neither treated nor accompanied”, warns Vítor Neves, president of Europacolon Portugal “It is also very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to know the main symptoms, such as: thinner than normal stools, frequent gas pains, bloating and cramps or blood in the stool. However, all people between the ages of 50 and 74, even without symptoms and with a family history of the disease, should insist on making regular appointments so that screening can be done and appropriate follow-up and treatment given at a p-test positive”, he continues, explaining.

Finally, the representative of Europacolon specifies that “in our association we are always available to talk to patients so that this diagnosis is not more and more a death sentence and that all patients and caregivers are supported. I would like to highlight, for example, our most recent support project for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer in palliative care at home, which provides patients and caregivers with essential tools to cope with the disease.

If you need help with the illness, contact Europacolon Portugal on 22 540 0441.

Article by New Men

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