Posted on March 08, 2019

Bowel cancer patients have a chance of a  90 percent survival rate, when the disease is caught at an early stage. Screening can detect cancer before it has a chance to progress into later stages that are harder to treat, according to an expert.  

According to a recent data from Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health, among the top malignant primary sites of cancer in Qatar, 10.23 percent instances reported were for bowel cancer. “Bowel cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Qatar and a leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women in the country,” said Dr Shaikha Abu Shaikha, Manager of Screening Programs at Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC). “We are committed to educate the public about the importance of prevention and specifically about limiting their risk of developing a disease such as bowel cancer by taking steps such as making lifestyle changes and being screened for bowel cancer regularly. Screenings are particularly important as bowel cancer can be non-symptomatic and the disease can develop without any early warning signs,” she added.

As part of Qatar’s National Cancer Program, PHCC, through its highly successful “Screen for Life” program, is making breast and bowel screening available in different locations of the country at its state-of-its-art screening suites in Al Wakra, Leabaib and Rawdat Al Khail health centres. Bowel Cancer Screening is for men and women aged 50-74 years with no related symptoms and it is recommended to get screened every year. Also there are many associated facts which can help someone make a wise decision. Bowel cancer is not a man’s disease, it can affect both men and women.

Bowel cancer cannot be prevented and this type of cancer begins with small growths on the inner wall of the colon and rectum, called polyps. These can develop and exist over a long period of time before becoming cancer. Screening can find these polyps and they can be removed before they become cancer. Most people with bowel cancer do not have a family member with the disease. Statistics reveal that only 10-20 percent of people that are diagnosed with bowel cancer have a family history. A polyp is a precancerous lesion that may eventually progress into bowel cancer if not detected at the right time. Regular screening can help prevent the situation from arising.

source: The Peninsula