German Cancer Aid
Approximately 510,000 people are newly diagnosed with cancer in Germany each year, of which approximately 58,100 are diagnosed with bowel cancer. Obesity, smoking or excessive alcohol consumption increase the risk of developing this type of cancer. A healthy lifestyle can therefore reduce the risk of cancer. Regular early detection examinations also help to identify and treat cancer or its preliminary stages at an early stage.
Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. According to current figures from the Robert Koch Institute, around 33,100 men and around 25,000 women in Germany are newly diagnosed with a bowel tumor in Germany.
A balanced diet plays a central role in the prevention of colon cancer. “Eat fewer sausages or meat products and eat foods rich in vitamins and fiber such as whole grain products, fruits, vegetables or legumes,” advises Gerd Nettekoven, chairman of the board of aid. German against cancer. Alcohol should also be consumed in moderation. It is better to use non-alcoholic versions of beer, wine or sparkling wine more often. Smoking also increases the risk of colon cancer.
In addition, sport and exercise are form factors and keep body weight under control. Anyone who moves enough can reduce the risk of colon cancer by 20-30%, while sitting for a long time is a risk factor. “Exercise can be easily integrated into daily life: walking more often, cycling more often for short distances, climbing stairs instead of the elevator – there are many options,” says Nettekoven. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week, with a mixture of the two being ideal.
But even those who are careful about their health can get cancer. One of the reasons for this may be random genetic errors during cell division. The occurrence of such errors increases with age, and the body is not always able to fix them. For this reason, the German Cancer Aid advises to find out about the early detection examinations for colon cancer offered by the health insurance funds and to take advantage of them. Because if the tumor is detected early, those affected generally have a better chance of recovery and can be treated more gently.
For example, people over the age of 50 who have statutory health insurance receive an invitation from their health insurance fund to undergo colon cancer screening. This includes regular stool examination for hidden blood and a colonoscopy. This should be done regularly for men over 50 and women over 55. Participation is voluntary and free from this age. If there is an increased risk of colon cancer, for example due to a family history, shorter examination intervals are also possible, regardless of age. People at high family risk should therefore seek intensive counseling and go regularly for early cancer screening.
Further information on the topic of prevention and early detection of colon cancer is available from INFONETZ KREBS, the information and advice service of the German Cancer Aid Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the freephone number 0800 80708877 or by e-mail at krebshilfe@infonetz -krebs.de.
The German Cancer Aid also provides assistance with its blue guide “Colon Cancer” and its information leaflets “Detect Colon Cancer” and “Inform. Think. Decide – Statutory Early Cancer Detection”. These and other information documents are available online or can be ordered free of charge at www.krebshilfe.de.
German Cancer Aid
Telephone: 02 28/7 29 90-96
Original content by: Deutsche Krebshilfe, transmitted by news aktuell