Getting screening tests regularly may find colorectal (colon) cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best.
By Dr. XIE,MENG-SHU
According to the investigation of Ministry of Health and Welfare, around forty-seven thousand people died with malignant tumor. In recent years, the malignant tumor has been the leading cause of death. The number is now still rising. Moreover, among many malignant tumors, the colorectal cancer leads to the highest prevalence in Taiwan. According to the data research from MOHW, about two thousand people contracted colorectal cancer. The survival rate for people with colorectal cancer stage 4 is less than 20%. However, the survival rate of early stage is more than 80%. If cancers are spotted early there is a high chance of survival.
Signs and symptoms of colon cancer include: A persistent change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency of your stool, rectal bleeding or blood in your stool, persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain. However, many people with colon cancer experience no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. MOHW promotes a policy which provides citizens between 50 and 74 years of age to take the fecal occult blood test (FOBT) every two years. If the test result is positive, there is a fifty percent chance of it being cancer or a polyp, and the good news is that polyps can be removed to prevent further development into cancer. According to clinical data of patients receiving proper medical care around the world, the survival rate of colorectal cancer has increased steadily. It is very important to get screening test regularly in order to detect cancer early.
Three major tips for a healthy digestive system: healthy diet, regular exercise, and preventing obesity.