If colorectal cancer is caught early enough, the chances of recovery are up to 90%. However, the French are still too reluctant to face early detection. To date, only 32.1% of the population participates, compared to 71.3% in the Netherlands and 62.8% in Portugal. Data published by the Ministry of Solidarity and Health and the National Cancer Institute on the occasion of Blue Mars, dedicated to colorectal tumors.
6,500 lives saved each year
“With the current participation rate, 2,200 new cancers and 2,600 deaths are prevented each year. “With a rate of 45%,” 3,500 colorectal cancers and 4,000 deaths could be avoided “. Figures rising to 5,700 colorectal cancers and 6,600 deaths prevented, if the screening rate was 65%.
In total, an estimated 6,500 lives could be saved by this screening if it were done regularly.
How it works ? The screening test identifies precancerous lesions. It is recommended every two years for men and women aged 50 to 74, who have no symptoms or risk factors. 100% reimbursed by Health Insurance, it is carried out at home. This stool sample is used to detect the potential presence of blood. This test is given to you by the attending physician. In the event of a positive result, a colonoscopy is prescribed.
In numbers. Each year in France, colorectal cancer is diagnosed in 43,000 men and women (2018 data, INCa). The second deadliest tumor, it costs the lives of 1700 patients each year.
Source: Destination Santé