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Program detects early risks of colorectal cancer

About 16.4 percent of local residents were found to be in the high risk category for colorectal cancer since the city launched a free public health screening program in April this year.

Approximately, 738,000 residents have been tested under the program.

A total of 162 cases of colorectal cancer were detected following further checks of those in the high risk category, and another 23 percent of them were found to be in the early stages of cancer.

Another 1,700 people had pre-cancer conditions, the Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission said yesterday.

To curb the rise of colorectal cancer and push for its early detection and treatment, local health authorities kicked off the free cancer screening program in April.

All retirees, who are covered by medical insurance, can participate in the program.

The first round of the program, which ends this year, is expected to cover 1 million residents. The program will be conducted every three years.

Colorectal cancer is on a rise in Shanghai. It was listed as No. 7 in the most prevalent cancer in early 1970s, but has since moved up to No. 2 as the population ages. Unhealthy lifestyle and poor awareness of the disease are also to blame.

The incidence of colorectal cancer in urban areas rose from 12 in every 100,000 to 59 in every 100,000 people with an annual growth rate of 4 percent.

During the four-day World Congress of Gastroenterology in Shanghai, experts also discussed the treatment of chronic constipation, a common digestive disease affecting over 70 million women in China. The disease is responsible for colorectal cancer, mammary gland disease and Alzheimer’s disease.



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