After breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men, colorectal cancer, commonly referred to as colon cancer, is the malignant tumor with the highest incidence in men and women in Spain, with 15,269 deaths last year because of this tumor.
To be aware of its high degree of incidence in Spaniards: in the age range of greatest risk (50-69 years), in the last year 15,988 new cases and 3,667 people died.
Although many of the resources have been focused on fighting the different types of cancer, achieving that four out of ten studies are focused on the investigation of this type of disease, the prevention Y premature detection It is essential to deal with it.
And it is that its high incidence does not have to imply a serious development of the disease, as long as we know how to detect it in time.
And for that it is necessary for the population to become aware of it and be aware that with just a few actions at a minimum cost we can achieve an early diagnosis that can help overcome this type of tumor. in 90% of cases if detected early.
That is why from the Spanish Association against Cancer (AECC) recall the existence of a type of painless, non-invasive, fast and comfortable test that can be performed at home that are cost-efficient: 2 euros compared to 200 euros for a colonoscopy.
And, on the other hand, we can warn that the possibility of suffering from colon cancer, taking into account if we suffer from this series of symptom.
What are the symptoms of colon cancer?
According to Spanish Foundation of the digestive system (FEAD), these are the main symptoms that we may have colorectal cancer:
More frequent deposition of feces
Change of habits when evacuating stools: diarrhea, constipation, and bleeding stools
Sensation of fatigue (possible anemia)
Weightloss and appetite no apparent explanation
pain or abdominal discomfort.
It is important to keep in mind, however, that colorectal cancer does not necessarily have to cause symptoms and sometimes when it does, it is usually in an advanced stage. That is why prior screening is very necessary.
What preventive measures can we adopt?
The FEAD has also reported a series of recommendations focused on our health and eating habits to prevent colorectal cancer.
Make a usually low-fat dietin red and processed meats.
Limit heavily cooked foods or in direct contact with fire.
Switch for diets very rich in fibers, fruits, legumes, vegetables.
Do physical exercise frequent, avoiding obesity.
Moderate alcohol consumption.