BUMRUNGRAD HEALTH BRIEFS #13: Embracing Proactive Measures for Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

Embracing Proactive Measures for Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Early Detection 

Colorectal cancer, which affects the colon or rectum, presents a significant health challenge worldwide. Yet, it is a disease where the right preventive measures and early detection can play a transformative role in reducing its impact.  

A cornerstone in preventing colorectal cancer is adopting a healthy lifestyle, involving a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while reducing the intake of red and processed meats. Regular physical activity is also essential, as it helps maintain a healthy weight, subsequently lowering the risk of colorectal cancer. Additionally, avoiding tobacco and limiting alcohol consumption are key measures, as both are linked to an increased risk. 

When it comes to early detection, methods such as colonoscopy, and Fecal Occult Blood Tests (FOBT) are crucial. Colonoscopy is notably thorough, allowing the visual inspection of the colon and the removal of polyps before they turn cancerous. The American Cancer Society recommends individuals at average risk start regular screening at age 45, with those with a family history of the disease or other risk factors consulting their healthcare provider about earlier screening. 

Choose Bumrungrad International Hospital's Digestive Disease Center (DDC) for both preventative care and treatment for colorectal concerns. The DDC, equipped with advanced medical facilities, caters to over 43,000 patients annually with a multi-disciplinary team of more than 30 specialists in gastrointestinal, liver, and motility disorders. It stands out for its comprehensive approach, offering early detection techniques essential for colorectal cancer prevention, alongside cutting-edge diagnostic technologies for accurate disease management. The collaboration with the Center of Excellence in Neurogastroenterology and Motility at Chulalongkorn University further amplifies its capabilities in advanced treatment methods. At Bumrungrad's DDC, patients receive holistic care that combines medical excellence with a supportive and compassionate environment. 

Adopting a proactive approach to lifestyle changes and regular screenings is critical in combating colorectal cancer. By choosing a world-class facility like Bumrungrad International Hospital, individuals gain access to top-tier medical expertise and technology, significantly enhancing their chances of prevention and successful treatment of this disease. 

Provided by Asst. Prof. Yudhtana Sattawatthamrong, M.D., FASGE 

Digestive Disease (GI) Center 


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