A study by the American Gastroenterological Association showed that the screening age for colon cancer dropped from 50 to 45. Yeditepe University Koşuyolu Hospital General Surgery Specialist Prof. Dr. Cuneyt Kayaalp gave information about colon cancer and the importance of screening tests.
Expressing that colon or large intestine cancer is always among the top 3 cancers in the world for both genders, Prof. Dr. Cüneyt Kayaalp, “It is a type of cancer that we see frequently. Genetic factors are effective in the emergence of colon cancer. The rate of disease is higher in people with a family history of colon cancer. But besides this, the foods we eat are very important. Inactivity, not consuming pulp foods, GMOs. All of these foods increase the risk. Natural, fibrous foods, movement, fluid intake, exercise are very important for protection, “he said.
“CANCER CASES DOUBLE, SCREENING BEFORE 50 YEARS ARE REQUIRED”
Drawing attention to the importance of screening tests in the treatment of colon cancer, Prof. Dr. Cüneyt Kayaalp, referring to a study conducted by the American Gastroenterology Association, made the following warnings:
“The association makes a breakdown of colon patients by age each year. Compared to the 1980s, we now see 2 times more colon cancer under 50 years old. Therefore, both the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Cancer Society decided that patients under 50 should be screened. We now know that screenings over the age of 45 need to be performed and that it is possible to get rid of cancer by early diagnosis and early treatment. Unfortunately, the rate of colon cancer at younger ages has unfortunately doubled today. we are reducing the scanning age from 50 to 45. “
“SUCCESS RATE 90 PERCENT IN THE EARLY PHASE”
Reminding that the most metastases in colon cancer are seen in the liver, Prof. Dr. Cüneyt Kayaalp, “We get good results even in cancers that have spread to the liver. If there were about 100 such patients, if we had colon cancer spread to the liver in the 4th stage, we could keep 35 percent of them alive for 5 years. We can achieve these successes with developing surgical techniques. Our main desire is early diagnosis and early diagnosis. When we diagnose early, we are able to keep all patients alive. Thanks to early diagnosis, there is no death from colon cancer. We can eliminate it completely. We are mainly after providing it. We get very good results even in advanced stage cancers, but our main goal is early diagnosis. “Our success rate in patients when diagnosed in the early period is over 90 percent.”
WHAT SYMPTOMS SHOULD BE ATTENTIONED?
Yeditepe University Koşuyolu Hospital General Surgery Specialist Prof. Dr. Cüneyt Kayaalp said, “If your age is over 45, you should definitely have a scan. However, one of the most important symptoms of colon cancer is bleeding from the anus. This can be seen in various rectal diseases. But we should not get over it. We should definitely do an analysis. Blood coming from the holes in our body. Therefore, when we see any blood here, we definitely need to have an examination. People with familial predisposition can see this cancer even in their 20s. Some families have a predisposition to cancer. As with many cancers, there is a predisposition to colon cancer and even in the 20s. We may encounter cancer patients. When it goes above 45 in the general public, you are at risk of colon cancer even if you have no complaints, “he warned.
“COLONOSCOPY IS THE BEST METHOD”
Explaining that the best and healthiest among screening tests is colonoscopy, General Surgery Specialist Prof. Dr. Cüneyt Kayaalp, “The procedure is to look into the intestine with a light instrument. This gives the best results, but also the stool blood analysis can be done. Doing them intermittently is the best method to prevent colon cancer. When you apply these, you will not lose your days due to colon cancer. Only time for this. You have to separate, “he said.