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Concern in Paraguay is increasing in case of colon cancer

March 17, 2019, 11:09Asunción, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) Paraguayan health authorities today urged the public to carry out preventive checks due to the fact that colon and rectal cancer cases have doubled over the past seven years.

According to data from the National Cancer Institute's statistics department (Incan), 60 cases of colon cancer and 63 cases of rectal and anal cancers were reported in 2011.

Six years later in 2017, the figures for registered cases closed according to sources of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare (MspyBs) in 112 new cases of colon cancer and 126 of rectal cancer and anal canal.

The predefined factors are the family history of cancer, obesity and clean meat diet, especially sausages and pork products, explained the digestive endoscopy leader of MspyBs and director of the prevention of color-active neoplasmic program, Gustavo Campos.

In this way, he pointed out that the most important thing that can be done is prevention, which involves regular consultation with the doctor.

The Colorectal Program covers the Family Health Units of the Central Department and consists of a test capable of detecting occult blood in fecal matter, he said.

He said the service was free and intended for men and women aged 50 to 75 without symptoms and without the family history of colorectal cancer.

The goal is to know – the sharp Campos population at risk of suffering from colon polyps, the first phase of tumors.

From there, it passes to a colonoscopy at the Incan for resection of polyps and to avoid the occurrence of cancer, Campos said.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death and the leading cause of premature death in Paraguay. In 2017, they claimed the lives of three thousand Paraguayers, a high figure despite being less than in 2016, when four thousand 200 people died.

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