Medical specialists are concerned about the progression of colorectal cancer in Canada. Therefore, the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology has issued new guidelines for earlier screenings.
If this type of cancer, the country's second largest, occurs in most cases after 60 years, there seems to be a slight increase in the incidence of this disease in the youngest, according to a surgeon who devotes 80% of his practice in the treatment of colorectal cancer.
"All people in Quebec who are 50 years old have to be examined, that is [en réalisant] search for occult blood in a chair. And this should be started by a family doctor, "said Dr. Gilles Jobin, a gastroenterologist at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital.
People whose father, mother, brother or sister have a diagnosis of colorectal cancer should be examined between 40 and 50 years. If two members of a direct family are affected, the screening must be carried out at the age of 40 years. In addition, the screening should be done 10 years earlier than the age in which the child was a child.
People whose parents touch colorectal cancer are twice as large as the general population to develop this type of cancer.
In Quebec, some 6,800 people were diagnosed with colon cancer in 2017. More than 1,500 Quebecers have died of this disease.