M At The Doctor

Screening for colon cancer

Colorectal cancer is a malignant tumor that develops from the lining of the colon (or large intestine), or rectum. By screening, that is to say by detecting a cancer (quite often at an early stage), the chances of recovery increase sharply, and the proposed treatments are less heavy.

When cancer is diagnosed at stage 1 (that is, at a very early stage), the chances of recovery increase dramatically.

The people concerned

After age 50, the risk of being affected by the disease increases; also for men and women, screening is recommended every two years and up to 74 years of age.

This approach aims to detect, at the earliest, in the absence of symptoms, lesions likely to be cancerous or evolve to cancer. Screening can be done in two ways: as part of a program organized by the health authorities, or as part of an individual approach by the doctor or the patient.

Specific screening


Some people are more at risk for colon cancer than others. In these, a specific screening must be set up. The gastroenterologist recommends special supervision at home before the age of 50:

  • If in the family, a relative has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer before the age of 65 or if both parents have had it,
  • If you suffer, or if you have suffered from a chronic inflammatory disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease),
  • If you have already had a first colorectal cancer or an adenoma of more than one centimeter,
  • If you are part of a family with Lynch Syndrome or Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP).

Popular Posts

Category M At The Doctor, Next Article

Screening for cancer: Breast cancer screening - M At The Doctor
M At The Doctor

Screening for cancer: Breast cancer screening

Following the interview of Agnès Buzyn, president of the National Cancer Institute (INCa) which explains in which cases screening for breast cancer can be considered as early as 40 years ... Why are not we proposing mammograms before the age of 50, for example at the age of 30? Agnès Buzyn : It must be remembered that mammography is a test that is not insignificant because it uses ionizing radiation.
Read More
The blood test - M At The Doctor
M At The Doctor

The blood test

A blood test makes it possible to measure and analyze compounds present in the blood. Sometimes it is necessary to perform this blood test on an empty stomach. What can be measured in a blood test? Cells The cells normally present in the blood can be analyzed. We will calculate their number: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets
Read More
To detect a cancer: From which age to be tested? - M At The Doctor
M At The Doctor

To detect a cancer: From which age to be tested?

Interview with Agnès Buzyn, President of the National Cancer Institute (INCa) who specifies at what age to be screened ... What is a cancer "taken in time"? Agnès Buzyn: There is no single definition: it can change according to the cancers, but in general "taking cancer in time" means detecting it at a time that allows access to a treatment that can cure the cancer.
Read More
Meniscus operation: The operation itself - M At The Doctor
M At The Doctor

Meniscus operation: The operation itself

Depending on the patient, knee meniscus surgery is performed by general anesthesia, either by epidural or by rachi-anesthesia (loco-regional). Here, in more detail how the operation itself ... In more than 90% of cases, the orthopedic surgeon performs meniscal surgery under arthroscopy. Using fine instruments, including a thin probe with a mini camera at its end, the surgeon operates the meniscus by watching a television screen transmitting what the arthroscope visualizes in the joint
Read More