Posted on March 12, 2018

Qatar Cancer Society (QCS) has launched “Eat Right.. Live Better” campaign to raise awareness about Colorectal Cancer, which is among the common cancer in Qatar, it’s the second most common cancer in men and third among the women in Qatar..

Dr Hadi Abu Rasheed, Supervisor of Health Education at QCS, said “this campaign aims to raise awareness about Colorectal Cancer which is Uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the colon or the rectum and most colorectal cancers begin as a growth called a polyp on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. Some types of polyps can change into cancer over the course of several years, but not all polyps become cancer

To raise awareness about colorectal 2 [].jpgAbout the Risk factors said “there are Non-modifiable risk factors as Age ‘Incidence and death rates for colorectal cancer increase with age (50 years and older), Gender ‘Colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates are higher in men than in women, Family history ‘First-degree relative (parent, sibling, or child) with colorectal cancer or polyps. The risk is even higher if that relative was diagnosed with cancer when they were younger than 45, or if more than one first-degree relative is affected, also Inflammatory bowel disease ‘Crohn’s disease - Ulcerative colitis, in adaptation Diabetes type 2 and Personal history of colorectal polyps.

About Modifiable risk factors he added ‘Obesity, Smoking, Alcohol consumption, Unhealthy diet that is high in red meats and processed meats, Physical inactivity. The Signs and symptoms Summarized in ‘Bleeding from the rectum, Blood in the stool which may make it look dark, A change in the shape of the stool, Cramping or abdominal pain, A feeling of discomfort or an urge to have a bowel movement when there is no need to have one, New onset of constipation or diarrhea that lasts for more than a few days, Unintentional weight loss, Weakness and fatigue.

Abu Rasheed stressed the importance of early detection about Colorectal Cancer, and the methods to prevent it which Summarized in " Don’t smoke: Smoking increases the risk of all digestive system cancers, including bowel. Quitting has tremendous benefits for your overall health, Control your weight: Obesity increases the risk of bowel cancer. For every five-point decrease in body mass index above the normal range, you decrease your risk by 15%. For instance, a BMI drop from 35 to 30 results in a 15% risk reduction.

Get at least 150 minutes per week of aerobic activity. Physical activity has a demonstrable protective effect on bowel cancer risk, Limit your consumption of red meat. Studies show bowel cancer risk is 17-30% higher per 100-120g/day of red meat intake. Decrease portions or choose chicken or fish instead.” He added “In addition to Eat fruit and starchy vegetables. The antioxidants and fiber in dark leafy greens, beets, squashes, bell peppers, tomatoes, asparagus, carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, green beans, and fruit have a protective effect against bowel cancer, Eat fibre. Fibre-rich foods like beans, seeds, nuts, oatmeal, edamame, dry roasted chickpeas and bran cereal escort carcinogens out of the body, Avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution, Avoid alcohol.