La Rochelle: Blue Mars fights colon cancer thanks to the home screening test

March turns blue to raise awareness about colorectal cancer prevention. (© Actu.fr / Photo d’illoking)

to me La RochelleAfter, after Pink October And the MovemberIt is March’s turn to see life in the blue, the month of struggle against it Colon and rectal cancer. In fact, 43,000 new cases are discovered every year in France, including 23,000 in men and 20,000 in women.

Blue Mars Therefore, it is an opportunity to remind you of the seriousness of this cancer and the opportunity it provides Find out Improve the chances of recovery and reduce the burden of treatment.

Cancer is not limited to males

When it comes to colon cancer screening, the habits are primarily of men. While colorectal cancer affects four in 100 men, it also affects three out of every 100 women, often after the age of 50.

“Colon cancer is actually large bowel cancer,” stresses Dr. Ann Feller, of Lucide 17 Cancer Screening Center, “is often confused with prostate cancer, which on its part is intended for men.”

“The earlier it is caught, the easier it is to treat. In 9 out of 10 cases, colon cancer is treated with early detection.”

Ann Feller Physician – Lucide 17 Cancer Screening Center

“Colon and rectal cancer often develops without symptoms at first,” explains Dr. Ann Feller. Sometimes it is diagnosed late, then requires extensive treatments.

Check the home page

Whoever says screening, in essence says colonoscopy, which is recommended for people who have symptoms or have a history. However, the suggested screening test is a stool immunoassay.

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It’s a simple stool sample that is mailed back using a return envelope, Anne Feyler says.

“You can get a test kit from your GP.”

Ann Feller Physician – Screening Center Lucide 17

Then the analysis is performed by one laboratory that receives all of the tests. “If the examination result is positive, which represents 4% of cases, this does not necessarily mean the presence of cancer, but blood was detected in the stool. The doctor determines, to find out the origin of the bleeding, a colonoscopy should be performed in addition to the gastroenterologist.”

In only one in ten cases, the examination requires a colonoscopy. Dr. Ann Feller insists and wants to be reminded that colorectal cancer screening is important, although a low participation rate is noted with only a third of the population screened.

“There is a real lack of evaluation of the test, which is partly explained by the fact that it is not a natural precursor to humans.” However, colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer and the second leading cause of death in France with 18,000 deaths every year.

By Corentin Cousin.

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