Regular checks key to preventing colon cancer: doctor

Taiwan News
Date: 2015-08-27
By: Central News Agency

Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) Members of the public are urged to have regular health checks to lower the risk of colon cancer, a doctor said Thursday, advising special caution in cases where a change of bowel habits has been observed.

Colon cancer is the most common form of cancer in Taiwan, with roughly 14,000 new cases recoded each year, which represents the highest growth rate among all types of cancer, said Chen Hung-hua , director-general of the Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Taiwan.

Taiwan also has the highest incidence of colon cancer in the world, reporting an average 45.1 cases out of every 100,000 people, followed by South Korea with an incidence of 45 and Slovakia 42.7, Chen said, citing figures from the World Health Organization.    [FULL  STORY]

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