Colon cancer is the most diagnosed tumor in men and women in Spain, but also one of the most curable. According to the Spanish Digestive System Foundation (FEAD), up to 90% of colorectal tumors are completely treated if they are detected in the early stages of the disease.
This type of tumor affects the large intestine, also called the colon, and arises when the healthy cells that line it develop changes (mutations) in their DNA. This pathology usually begins with the appearance of polyps or benign tumors that, if detected in time, can be eliminated immediately, thus reducing the risk of developing cancer.
The importance of early diagnosis and the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits is key to preventing this pathology. What tests are there? At what age should I start being checked? If I have had colon cancer, should my children have a colonoscopy? Dr. Josep Just, CreuBlanca specialist in gastroenterology, answers frequently asked questions about colorectal cancer on the latest Instagram Live. You missed out? You can watch it again here!