Reg­u­lar check­ups key to lower colon can­cer risks

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Mem­bers of the public are urged to have reg­u­lar health checks to lower the risk of colon can­cer, a doc­tor said Thurs­day, ad­vis­ing spe­cial cau­tion in cases where a change of bowel habits has been ob­served.

Colon can­cer is the most com­mon form of can­cer in Tai­wan, with roughly 14,000 new cases re­coded each year, which rep­re­sents the high­est growth rate among all types of can­cer, said Chen Hung-hua, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the So­ci­ety of Colon and Rec­tal Sur­geons of Tai­wan.

Tai­wan also has the high­est in­ci­dence of colon can­cer in the world, re­port­ing an av­er­age 45.1 cases out of ev­ery 100,000 peo­ple, fol­lowed by South Korea with an in­ci­dence of 45 and Slo­vakia 42.7, Chen said, cit­ing fig­ures from the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

He said that con­trary to pop­u­lar belief, colon can­cer may strike any­one.

The pos­si­bil­ity of de­vel­op­ing colon can­cer is not re­stricted to peo­ple who fre­quently eat fried and greasy foods, Chen said.

Vege­tar­i­ans may also get the dis­ease, he said, cit­ing the re­cent case of a 60-year-old woman who had been a veg­e­tar­ian for 20 years.

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