Yet screening for the warning signs is very simple. “Invitations are sent out by Medicare to everyone between the ages of 50 and 74. The test has to be requested by your attending physician and is to be done at home every two years. It’s extremely simple and painless. It uses a stool.” is the sample that is taken using a kit and returned by mail using a return envelope. The analysis is done by a single laboratory that receives all the tests,” says Elise Vernhes, director of prevention in the League Against Cancer. In charge explains. The results are then sent to the patient and his doctor.
The fact is that hardly a third of the concerned French people do this screening completely free of charge. Locally low figures were given, with a screening rate of 28.1% in the canton of Orthez and 29.7% for the Salt Lands and the whole of the Pyrenees-Atlantics. “Detected early, colorectal cancer is curable in 9 out of 10 cases. And in 96% of screenings, no abnormalities are found,” says Dr. Hazem Haswani. The test should be repeated systematically every two years until the age of 74.
Early diagnosis ensures cure
“If participation in screening reaches 65%, we would avoid an additional 6,500 deaths each year,” insists Benjamin Gandouet, director of the Regional Cancer Screening Coordinating Center. A reality that prompted Orthez Hospital health professionals with the League Against Cancer and Medicare to invest in educating customers at the Super U shopping mall, Tuesday, March 1.
Upon leaving the checkout, a huge settler welcomes the trains for an unusual journey. “The aim is to first call attention to a topic that may be taboo or unattractive”, smiles Christel Bleven, a nurse on the senior prevention team at Orthez Hospital. Submerged in the inflatable structure, inquisitors discover the secrets of their digestive system. “This makes it possible to visualize the difference between a healthy wall and anomalies such as diverticula or polyps that can trigger the tumor process”, continues Nurse.
Exchanges with oncologists also promote an understanding of risk factors, such as lifestyle, to keep the disease at bay. “It is clear that a healthy and balanced diet, such as physical activity, reduces the risk”, comments Dr. Sadoun. On the other hand, a sedentary lifestyle, tobacco and alcohol consumption make this area favorable for the emergence of this cancer among the deadliest.
This “Cologne Tour” will take place on Wednesday, March 2, on the Jéliot Esplanade in Oloron Sainte-Marie, from 10 a.m. to noon and at the city’s Leclerc shopping center in the afternoon.
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