WORLD COLON CANCER day is on 31 March and the Hospital Quironsalud Torrevieja is launching a free campaign for early diagnosis of colon cancer to mark the International day of this pathology.
The fecal occult blood testing is aimed for people between 50 and 74 years of age. There are information and collection points en the Orihuela and Santa Pola clinics.
The initiative consists of free examinations of fecal occult blood in the general population of the Vega Baja region and patients of the hospital, aged between 50 and 74 years, who do not present digestive symptoms (manifest blood in the stool, abdominal pain, change of the intestinal rhythm, etc.).
The kit collection period will be from March 27th to 31st, from 10:00am to 12:00pm hours and the collection of samples will be from April 3rd to 7th at the same time, interested persons can request information on the phone 966 925 770, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or through the web www.quironsalud.es/torrevieja/es
The required kit for this testing can be collected in information points at the hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja entrance and in the two clinics Quironsalud in Orihuela and Santa Pola.
The free program is framed within the Health Week Torrevieja Quirónsalud 2017 and the hospital will celebrate from 3rd to 7th April on the occasion of World Health Day (April 7th).
The objective of the campaign is to sensitize the population about the importance of prevention and early detection for a good prognosis of this disease. The intention is to “inform and raise public awareness about colon cancer since there is a low perception of the risk of suffering from it. The goal is to transfer to citizens the possibility of undergoing effective prevention of this cancer in men and women from the age of 50. A common barrier to the prevention of this pathology is the lack of knowledge about the tests used and, therefore, we want to familiarize society with the fecal occult blood test. Curing colon cancer is possible if detected early, “explains Dr. José Farré, head of the Oncology Surgery and General and Digestive Surgery Unit. 90% of cases can be cured
Colon cancer is the most common oncology pathology in Spain. However, when detected early, this tumour can be cured in 90% of cases. Most colorectal cancers develop on precursor lesions (polyps) and need between 10 and 15 years of evolution. Through the different diagnostic tests, “not only can it be detected early when it has not yet produced symptoms, but it can also be prevented by locating and removing existing polyps before they become malignant,” Dr. Farré said.
The fecal occult blood test is a non-invasive test that consists of checking, in a quick and simple way the presence of non-visible blood in the stools in order to detect the existence of a colorectal lesion. To do this, the patient must deposit a small amount of feces in the kit that will be given for that purpose and then deliver it at the collection points where the specialists will submit it for analysis.
Obtaining a negative test result “indicates that this person is very unlikely to have colon cancer, although the reliability is not 100%. Therefore, it is recommended to repeat the test every two years and consult the doctor in case you feel discomfort, “warns the specialist.
If the result is positive, it is necessary to know that “the presence of blood does not imply, on most occasions, that there is a colon cancer, but usually it is due to a benign lesion, as can be a polyp.
In such a case, the patient is advised to have a colonoscopy to rule out the presence of lesions in the colon, “concludes Dr. Farré.
Quirónsalud is the largest hospital group in Spain and the third largest in Europe. It is present in 13 autonomous communities has the most advanced technology and has more than 6,200 beds in the 80 centres, like the Jimenez Diaz Foundation, Ruber, Hospital La Luz, University Hospital Quirónsalud Madrid, Teknon, Dexeus, Polyclinic Gipuzkoa, etc., as well as a large team of highly specialized professionals and international prestige.
We work in promoting and teaching (seven of our hospitals are universities) medical and scientific research (we have the Health Research Institute of the FJD, a unique private research centre accredited by the Ministry of Research, Development and Innovation).
In addition, our healthcare service is organized into units and transversal networks to optimize the experience accumulated in the various centers and clinical translation of our investigations. Currently, Quirónsalud is developing more than 1,600 research projects throughout Spain and many of the centers are market leaders in this field, being pioneers in different specialties such as cardiology, endocrinology, gynecology, neurology and oncology, among others.