Health April 1, 2023 | 8:17 am

Colon cancer figures are very high in the country

They warn importance early detection colon cancer.

Santo Domingo, DR
On the commemoration yesterday of World Colon Cancer Day, the Dominican Institute of Gastroenterology (INDDEG) reported that at least 148 patients were diagnosed with colon polyps out of 1,073 studies carried out on people from different regions of the country.

These statistics constitute a “very high” prevalence figure, representing 13.7% of the confirmed cases of colon cancer. An investigation carried out between July 2022 and January 2023 by Dr. Eddy Herrera and Dr. Elaine De los Santos, director and deputy director of INDDEG, revealed that the sex most often diagnosed with the disease is female.

However, men are more affected in general. The most frequent anatomical location is rectosigmoid.
The doctors define the disease as any mass or tumor originating in the colon or rectum’s wall or mucosa and protruding into the lumen.

The study “Prevalence of Colonic Polyps in the Dominican Institute of Gastroenterology” assures that the age range where colonic polyps were found is between 40 and 60 years old and warns of the need to look for outlets for early detection to save lives and prevent the diagnosis through healthier lifestyle habits.

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Paul Tierney
April 1, 2023 8:35 am

It is fair to expect the cause of colon cancer rates are high is because the diet of Dominicans have changed over the years with the introduction of foreign influenced food goods, i.e., processed meats and fast foods. It would be interesting to know the colon cancer percentage per 100,000 of patients by class in the RD.