Colorectal cancer awareness – prevention is the best treatment

Colorectal cancer (CRC) – also sometimes referred to as colon cancer, bowel cancer or rectal cancer – is the third most common cancer in the world and one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths. In fact, it is the second most common cause of cancer death in both men and women in Europe [1]. One of the biggest things that sets colorectal cancer apart from other cancers is the ease and convenience of early screening and with this, the chance to reduce mortality across the globe.

Most colorectal cancers start as a polyp on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. Not all polyps become cancer, but some types of polyps can develop into cancer over time [2]. If detected at an early stage, a cancerous polyp can usually be removed, and the chance of advanced-stage cancer greatly reduced.

Early detection, individualisation of cancer therapy, and the use of less invasive diagnostics are leading to improved prognoses as well as patients’ quality of life [3]. Identifying the cancer early on is especially important for therapeutic success. Screening – both symptomatic and especially large-scale preventative screening – is essential. Utilising the FIT (faecal immunological testing) screening helps to find blood in stool, thus identifying even pre-cancerous lesions before they turn into cancer.

We are playing a key role in these improvements and everything we offer is uniquely designed to address specific needs of lab managers and clinicians, especially those who address the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer disease. At the end of the day, we all have the same goal – improving the lives of cancer patients.

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