Chairperson of the National Program for Early Detection of Colon Cancer in the Ministry of Health Dr. Fahad Al-Ibrahim says nearly 13,000 citizens below 45 years old have applied for colon cancer diagnosis since the program was launched last May, reports Al-Anba daily. He disclosed that 1000 applicants have gone through diagnosis so far, and the rest of them will be served according to timetable. He noted some cases of cancerous tumor and benign tumor have been detected and treated to prevent the progression of disease.
Meanwhile, the program is approaching the conclusion of phase three of awareness campaign for early detection of colon cancer through which 46 workshops have been organized according to timetable to train 1,400 primary healthcare personnel from all health districts. Dr. Al-Ibrahim added the campaign covered several meetings with the heads of 100 medical centers in cooperation with doctors from the digestive and binocular units of hospitals, and the main item for implementation of the national program has been awareness policies and protocols for transferring cases. A recent survey indicated colon cancer mostly affects both genders, and the rate of infection has increased six times in men and eight times among women in the last 20 years.