Colon Cancer

Colon cancer at a glance

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer in men and the second in women worldwide representing 10% of all cancers, with 55% of cases occurring in more developed regions. About 50% of the new estimated cases will come from the US, Europe and Japan. Regarding mortality, colon cancer is the fourth most common cause of death from cancer in the world, accounting for 8.5% of total cancer deaths. [12].

Scientific and medical community agrees that this tragic number of lifes lost could be prevented through screening programs. Decreasing the mortality rate in a cost-effective way is a clear unmet medical need today. Colon cancer screening tests help to find premalignant lesions (i.e. advanced adenomas and serrated lesions) or cancer. Finding and removing premalignant lesions prevents colorectal cancer, whereas detection of early cancer improves patient´s prognosis. This is the fact that makes screening for colon cancer so powerful and a priority for Health Authorities worldwide.


Bibliography

  • 12. Globocan 2012

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