Hospital Ochoa of Marbella launches a free campaign of early detection of colorectal cancer, for people aged between 50 and 74 years.
Colorectal cancer screening saves lives by finding and removing precancerous lesions, such as polyps, before they become cancerous and more difficult to treat.
Hospital Ochoa will make available a kit for the detection of occult blood in stool. This action will take place during the whole of March, on the occasion of the international month for the prevention of this disease. Just a sample is sufficient to determine the presence of blood traces. The at-risk population can request this test for free at the clinic. They will be provided with instructions explaining how to take stool samples at home.
From there, the laboratory will be in charge of guarding the samples and revealing them to obtain the results. If the test is positive, a colonoscopy should be performed to determine the exact cause of bleeding. If negative, this means that no hidden blood was detected and this test should be repeated 2 years later.
In turn, Clínica Ochoa will provide information and guidance on the protocol of this campaign available on their webpage www.clinicaochoa.com as well as via telephone on the numbers 00 34 952 861 400/687 80 500. Our team of specialists in the digestive system and our clinic facilities are also available to people whose test result is positive, to carry out the necessary tests.
90% of these cases can be cured with early detection, hence the importance in launching this campaign with a very simple test that can be performed at home.
Colon cancer is very rare before the age of 50. However, from this age its frequency increases rapidly. Organized detection has proven effective in reducing colon cancer mortality among people in this age range. After the age of 74, the need of individual detection should be consulted with your practitioner.
Of the 176,000 cases of cancer diagnosed annually in Spain, 25,600 are colon and rectum cancers. In addition, this cancer produces 13,000 annual deaths in our country of which around 450 in Malaga and its province.
Age identifies men and women aged 50-74 as a medium-risk population.
Alcohol abuse and smoking.
Lack of physical activity and obesity.
Family history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyp.
The most frequent discomforts appear in the advanced phase of the disease and may be the following:
Changes in bowel rhythms.
Diarrhea or feeling of having a full belly.
Blood in stool.
Changes in stool consistency.
Abdominal pain or discomfort.
Unexplained weight loss.
Loss of appetite.