Dr Neofytos P. Papageorgiou, MD is joining forces with thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates throughout the world to raise awareness of this potentially life-threatening disease.
Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women. One in 22 men and one in 24 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime. As Dr Papageorgiou stresses “Facts such as these cannot be ignored or dismissed especially as colon cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. If caught early, over 90% of these cases could and should result in a full recovery.”
In 2012 alone 1.4 million new cases have been diagnosed and almost 694,000 deaths estimated to have occurred the same year. Dr Papageorgiou, however, is optimistic since “there are signs that incidence rates in people 50 and older are dropping. This trend is thought to be largely the result of screening, which can prevent CRC by detecting and removing precancerous polyps.”
Since there are often no symptoms when it is first developing, colorectal cancer can only be caught early through regular screening, that is why Dr Papageorgiou urges the public to seek medical advice and get tested under their physician’s advice. “The benefits of early detection and treatment are truly extraordinary.”
CRC SCREENING GUIDELINES
Dr Papageorgiou notes that in addition to timely and regular screening for colorectal cancer, people may be able to lower their risk of developing the disease by:
For more information on colorectal cancer screening, prevention and treatment or to make an appointment to see Dr Neofytos P. Papageorgiou call on 22476752 at American Medical Center in Nicosia or on 26848484 at Iasis Hospital in Pafos.