Posted on March 25, 2018

Qatar Cancer Society (QCS) organized an Awareness activity in collaboration with National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR), As part of “Eat Right..Live Better”campaign to raise awareness about Colorectal Cancer .

Nisreen Yahya – health educator at QCS - said‘ the activity aimed to raise awareness about Colorectal Cancer , which is among  the common cancer in Qatar, it’s the second most common cancer in men  and third among the women in Qatar,  in addition  broaden the understanding of the public about the importance of the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer, The event emphasized on screening as colorectal cancer is a non-symptomatic disease especially in early stage  .

About the Risk factors said “ there are Non-modifiable risk factors  as Age ‘Incidence and death rates for colorectal cancer increase with age (50 years and older), Gender ‘Colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates are higher in men than in women, Family history ‘First-degree relative (parent, sibling, or child) with colorectal cancer or polyps. The risk is even higher if that relative was diagnosed with cancer when they were younger than 45, or if more than one first-degree relative is affected, also Inflammatory bowel disease ‘Crohn’s disease - Ulcerative colitis, in adaptation Diabetes type 2 and Personal history of colorectal polyps .

About Modifiable risk factors he added ‘ Obesity, Smoking, Alcohol consumption, Unhealthy diet that is high in red meats and processed meats, Physical inactivity

The Signs and symptoms Summarized in ‘Bleeding from the rectum, Blood in the stool which may make it look dark, A change in the shape of the stool, Cramping or abdominal pain, A feeling of discomfort or an urge to have a bowel movement when there is no need to have one, New onset of constipation or diarrhea that lasts for more than a few days, Unintentional weight loss, Weakness and fatigue. Patient and family educator at (NCCCR) said “The activities focused on giving clear pieces of information like if the colorectal cancer can be found at an early stage before it has spread and the survival rate is about 90%.

Prevention of the disease was also discussed including consumption of healthy diet vegetables,fruits,total dietary fiber 10g/day,avoid smoking and alcohol consumption and  moderate physical activity at least 30 min /day  walking. Further, all men and women who reach 50 years old are advised to register for bowel screening. The educators opened registration on site forall men and women of age between 50-72 years old for bowel screening through PHCC and cancer screening program. They added .