LURKING IN THE BOWELS
Colon, lung, breast and stomach cancer collectively account for 40% of cancer diagnoses worldwide.
In South Africa, some 2 000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer each year, with most diagnoses occurring in men and women between the ages of 60 and 69.
In its advanced stages, colon cancer is “a very serious non-curable condition associated with a poor prognosis”, according to Dr Bernardo Rapoport, a Johannesburg-based oncologist and chairperson of the South African Society of Medical Oncology.
While patients may go into remission, colon cancer is not curable in the same way some forms of leukaemia, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and testicular cancer are. This means if you have it, it’s likely to recur.
“The average survival of patients with advanced stage 4 colon cancer is 32 months.”