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Monday, March 12, 2012

Cebuanos should take Colorectal Cancer seriously

Based on the Cancer Registry of the Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC) of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI), colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths among Cebuanos.

EJACC recorded 653 cases from year 1998-2002 with 364 dying from it in Metro Cebu.

In the year 2002-2007, there were 862 reported cases with 489 deaths related to colorectal cancer in Metro Cebu. An estimated 944,717 cases were identified worldwide in 2000.


The incidence and mortality rates of this cancer is slightly higher in males than in females. The incidence increases with increasing age, rising rapidly after age 50 but it doesn't mean colorectal cancer cannot occur in younger ages.


Colorectal cancer appears to have a multi-factorial cause with a genetic component. Diet high in fat and low fiber content has been implicated in its development along with alcohol and smoking.


Simply put by EJACC, "Individuals age 40 and above, who have a sedentary lifestyle, who are eating high fatand low fiber diet, who have family and medical history of the disease, and who have polyps and
ulcerative colitis, face high risk of acquiring colorectal cancer.


Bleeding is the most common symptom. However may of these patients exhibit no symptoms and are  discovered during digital rectal exam or proctoscopic screening examinations.



Colorectal cancer is characterized by a change in bowel movements, blood in the stools,
abdominal discomforts, unexplained appetite and weight loss, fatigue, and pelvic pain in the later
stage.


With the above information, one can see that colorectal cancer is not to be taken lightly. Thus this blogger supports EJACC in its call for the public to be health conscious and to undergo regular screening to discover cancers while in their early stage.

Diagnostic procedures in detecting colorectal cancer include fecal occult blood test, rectosigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, fecal DNA test, and double contrast barium enema. The disease may be treated through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.


For more information about colorectal cancer in Cebu, please contact EJACC at 254-6351 and look for Gina Mariquit.

 

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