KUWAIT, – A Health Ministry’s nationwide campaign, has raised awareness of more than 40,000 people in Kuwait, about colon cancer and helped discover the deadly disease in dozens of people, announced Head of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Unit, at Al-Sabah health area, Dr. Wafaa Al-Hashash.
In a press statement Saturday, Al-Hashash, also member of the National Programme for Colon and Rectum Cancer Detection, pointed out that, over 2,301 of Al-Sabah health area visitors, have benefited from the campaign.
The campaign included screening of thousands of people for early detection of the disease.
The first and second phases of the campaign have helped detect colon cancer in 39 people and colon polyps in 428 others, she stated.
She lauded the campaign, the first of kind in the Gulf region, and emphasised the importance of regular screening tests, such as colonoscopy, for the early detection of the disease.
She voiced concerns that the number of individuals who tested positive is remarkably high.
Thus, she stressed the need for regular screening for colon polyps or cancer.
Colon cancer is the most common cancer for men and the second for women after breast cancer, she pointed out.
A colon polyp is a small clump of cells that forms on the lining of the colon. Most colon polyps are harmless. But over time, some colon polyps can develop into colon cancer.
Anyone can develop colon polyps, but some people are at higher risk, especially those who are 50 years old or older, overweight or smokers, or have a personal or family history of colon polyps or colon cancer.
The best prevention for colon cancer is regular screening for polyps.
Source: Name News Network