Kochi: Lack of awareness and misdiagnosis have contributed to the rise of Colorectal cancer (CRC) cases in Kerala, said Dr. K. Prakash from Kochi.
CRC, also known as bowel cancer and colon cancer, is the development of cancer from the colon or rectum. It is a lifestyle-related cancer usually detected amongst individuals above 50 years of age.
According to Dr. Prakash, lifestyle factors and dietary habits have resulted in this form of cancer, especially amongst the youth.
“Patients tend to approach doctors late due to various factors including lack of awareness, misdiagnosis and wrong treatment etc. So there must be awareness among the people about this disease,” he said. “Lifestyle changes and dietary habits, increased consumption of fried foods, low fiber intake and regular intake of red meat are some of the factors that contribute to the disease. Such factors result in the rise of colorectal cancer.”
The major symptoms of this disease are change in bowel habit, blood in the stool, loss of appetite, loss of weight and rectal bleeding.
Dr. Prakash added that today the detection techniques used to ascertain colorectal cancer and surgical intervention have been developed, and it makes diagnoses and treatment much easier.