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Regular checks key to preventing colon cancer: doctor

Regular checks key to preventing colon cancer: doctor

Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) Members of the public are urged to have regular health checks to lower the risk of colon cancer, a doctor said Thursday, advising special caution in cases where a change of bowel habits has been observed.
Colon cancer is the most common form of cancer in Taiwan, with roughly 14,000 new cases recoded each year, which represents the highest growth rate among all types of cancer, said Chen Hung-hua, director-general of the Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Taiwan.
Taiwan also has the highest incidence of colon cancer in the world, reporting an average 45.1 cases out of every 100,000 people, followed by South Korea with an incidence of 45 and Slovakia 42.7, Chen said, citing figures from the World Health Organization.
He said that contrary to popular belief, colon cancer may strike anyone.
The possibility of developing colon cancer is not restricted to people who frequently eat fried and greasy foods, Chen said. Vegetarians may also get the disease, he said, citing the recent case of a 60-year-old woman who had been a vegetarian for 20 years. Chen said the patient experienced changes in her bowel habits about 18 months ago, but dismissed as nothing but constipation.
People should be on the alert for similar symptoms, Chen said, stressing that regular health checks are vital to prevention of the disease. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)