Colorectal cancer occurs when there is uncontrolled growth and multiplication of pathologic cells in the large intestine. The condition may start with the formation of benign polyps that slowly develop into malignant tumors, the growth of which may lead to intestinal obstruction. Among the different risk factors involved in the development of these tumors are age, history of inflammatory bowel disease, or family members who have had cancer.
The risk for a person to develop colon cancer ranges from 4% to 5%. That is why the Venezuelan Anti-Cancer Society (SAV) calls for people between the ages of 45 and 50 to undergo annual screenings such as colonoscopy, which can detect any anomaly at an early stage, when the patient can respond Better treatment.
This call is part of the activities that the FVO develops, in order to commemorate this March 31st International Day for the Prevention of Colon Cancer, with the aim of preventing this risky disease, which is usually asymptomatic until its state is Already very advanced.
The medical gastroenterologist of the SAV Cancer Prevention Clinic José Di Giorgio, said that both men and women should have their first colonoscopy, which is the main test used to detect this disease. In addition, if the person has first-degree relatives, ie, children, siblings or parents who have developed colon cancer, the diagnosis should be made 10 years before the age at which the relative was diagnosed. «If colon cancer is diagnosed in initial states there is a 90% chance of cure,» said the specialist.
You can join the blue initiative
Dress Blue Day is an initiative born in the United States in February 2000, when then-President Bill Clinton officially declared March as the month of Colon Cancer Awareness .
Since then, it has become a meeting point for thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates, to spread awareness about colon cancer prevention, wearing blue garments, conducting fundraising events Funding and education, and even discussions with friends and family about timely detection and treatment.
«Wear Blue to promote awareness about colon cancer» is the premise of the Venezuelan Anticancer Society, which seeks to sensitize the population about the importance of preventing this disease, which is the fourth leading cause of death by Cancer disease in our country, according to Dr. Di Giorgio.
The institution, working hand in hand with the collective work, invites the Venezuelan population to position the label #Vistetedeazul on social networks to send the preventive message to the greatest number of people. He also calls for us to wear blue on Friday, March 31, as a colorful way to promote early diagnosis.
How can you participate?
• Dress some blue garment
• Take a photo and place it in the RRSS with the tag: #vistetedeazul
• Retweet all the Colon Cancer prevention messages you see
• Add friends and family to this Campaign
• You can also make your donation in the account of the Bank of Venezuela N. 0102-0552-27-0000002914 in the name of the Anti-cancer Society of Venezuela Rif J-00056059-5