Colon cancer is the most common cancer in Gibraltar and the third leading cause of cancer deaths. About 10 persons die from colon cancer each year! Screening for colon cancer saves lives.
Cancer arising in the lower part of the digestive system (colon) is known as colon cancer. It can cause frequent bleeding, obstruct the intestine and spread to other parts of the body. If untreated, the disease is almost always fatal. Click here to open Colon image.
Colon cancer is a disease of middle age and later. Both men and women are at risk of developing the disease. About one in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime.
People at risk of developing colorectal cancer include
People with a family history of colorectal cancer
People who are overweight, take little exercise, and have a diet high in red meat and low in vegetables; fruits and fibre
People who have a high consumption of alcohol
For more details , please see the GHA leaflet : Colon Cancer-The Facts
Colon cancer is relatively slow growing and if caught early can be treated completely. The earlier colon cancer is diagnosed and treated, the more likely it is that treatment will be successful.
Regular screening for colon cancer has been shown to reduce the risk of dying from the disease by 16%.
The colon cancer screening test does not diagnose cancer but can detect tiny amounts of blood which you cannot normally see in your bowel motions. The screening involves a simple test that you can carry out in the privacy of your own home and takes only a few minutes
Further details are available in the GHA Colon Cancer Screening Leaflet in English and Spanish.
The GHA has introduced a Colon Cancer Screening Programme that offers periodic screening free of charge to all men and women aged 60 to 74years.You do not have to do anything-if you are entitled to GHA health care and fall within the above age group, you will receive an invitation to take part in the programme together with a test kit, which you can return to the hospital laboratory for analysis.
For further information on this programme, please contact the GHA as follows:
For administrative aspects of the programme, the Screening Office on 20007025.
For technical aspects of the test, Microbiology on telephone 20007173.