THINGS WE HAVE LEARNED ABOUT COLON CANCER
- If you are a non-smoker in the UK, male or female, colon cancer is the most likely cancer to kill you. There are 40,000 new cases of colon cancer each year, and 16,000 deaths.
- This needn’t be the case: colon cancer is one of the easiest cancers to treat if it is detected early.
- The good news is that this cancer is also preventable, through regular screening.
- If you have a test to look for colon cancer and its precursor polyps are detected, these can be easily removed, significantly reducing the risk of developing this type of cancer.
- Take action now! Heightened awareness of colon cancer is essential, particularly for anyone in their 40s and 50s.
- Any change in bowel habit should be discussed immediately with your doctor and after the age of 45 there should be a low threshold for colonic examination.
- Please don’t put it off - take steps to get yourself checked and encourage your friends and family members to do the same if they are in the “at risk” age group.
- Together we’re supporting the world-leading team at St Mark’s Hospital Foundation in their work to improve the accuracy and availability of CT colonography - a screening method which uses the latest imaging technology. The aim is to ensure high-quality screening options are available to many more people across the UK – and wider afield - in the near future (see below for more details on this project).
- We’re working also to raise awareness to help reduce the suffering from this disease – so please do help us to spread the word about the importance of getting screened.