Second most common cancer: colorectal cancer screening can save lives
In Germany, legally insured persons aged 55 and over are entitled to colonoscopy for the early detection of colon cancer. Unfortunately, this is often not noticed. Bavaria's Minister of Health Huml is now promoting preventive medical checkups on the occasion of the colon cancer month.
Early detection can save lives
According to experts, about 26,000 people die from colon cancer in Germany every year. To protect yourself, you should have regular checkups from a certain age. This is particularly important if colon cancer has already occurred in the family. Early detection can save lives because a tumor in the colon or rectum grows slowly and does not cause any problems for a long time for most people affected.
Second most common cancer in Bavaria
On the occasion of the start of the “Colon Cancer Month March”, Bavaria's Minister of Health Melanie Huml is promoting the opportunities for early detection of colon cancer.
“Colon cancer is the second most common cancer among women and men in the Free State. Every year around 9,000 people in Bavaria fall ill - and more than 3,000 die, ”said the minister.
“But colorectal cancer can be cured if it is recognized in time. That is why the early detection offers of the health insurance companies should be used. "
Free medical checkups are rarely used
“So far, only about 38 percent of women and 33 percent of men between the ages of 55 and 75 have used the free screening for colorectal cancer screening. That is why even more people have to be persuaded to take advantage of this important early detection opportunity, ”said the politician.
According to the minister, it is very gratifying that “fewer and fewer people tend to contract cancer and die in Bavaria. This decline is particularly evident in colorectal cancer. ”
She explained: “While there were 10,194 people with bowel cancer in Bavaria in 2003, there were only 9,040 in 2013. In 2013, 3,602 women and men died of colon cancer in the Free State, compared to 4,187 in 2003. ”
Healthy lifestyle for colorectal cancer screening
“Colon cancer screening tests can be taken free of charge for women and men over the age of 50. From the age of 55 and ten years later, the colonoscopy is included a second time in the scope of benefits of the statutory health insurance funds, ”explained Huml.
"This‘ colonoscopy ’is currently the most reliable method for early detection of colorectal cancer. Cancer precursors, so-called polyps, can be removed. "
Some experts think that you should lower the age limit and start colonoscopy from 50.
In addition to colonoscopy, a healthy lifestyle also helps prevent colon cancer. Among other things, a wholesome diet, regular exercise and a cessation of tobacco are important. (ad)