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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.”

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