One person in Taiwan diagnosed with colorectal cancer every 42 min
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- One person is diagnosed with colorectal cancer every 42 minutes in Taiwan, Formosa Cancer Foundation (FCF) announced yesterday.
February 3, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The FCF said that the number of patients between the ages of 21 to 40 being diagnosed with colorectal polyps is six times higher than for the age group of 50 to 70.
The FCF and the Department of Health (DOH) invited 11,891 people for colorectal cancer tests last year. The statistics showed that 26.87 percent of the 429 people between the ages of 20 to 40 were diagnosed with colorectal polyps.
Chen Chien-hsin (陳建信), a doctor at Wan Fang Hospital, said that 57 percent of people who participated in the test were diagnosed with colorectal polyps and four of them were diagnosed with early stage colorectal cancer.
“The survival rate for early stage colorectal cancer patients is 90 percent,” Chen said, “and it shows the importance of having regular health checks.”
Chen noted several methods that younger people can adopt to lower the chance of getting colorectal cancer.
“People should consume more whole grain foods and vegetables,” Chen said, “and exercise at least 30 minutes daily such as jogging or walking.”
Chen added that because they dine out often many younger people do not consume enough fiber.
According to statistics from the DOH, the number of colorectal cancer patients has increased seven times from 1,827 in 1984 to 12,488 in 2009.