By John Smith • 31 March 2021 • 18:19
Colon Cancer is the most common form in the Balearics
THE Balearic Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs plans to implement the Colon Cancer Screening Programme in the West area during 2021 on a pilot basis.
It then intends to take to the road to expand the program to take in 100 per cent of the target population of the Islands by 2024
According to data from the General Directorate of Public Health and Participation, every year about 300 people die of colorectal cancer in the Balearic Islands – the most common cancer in the archipelago -, hence the importance of prevention and early detection.
In terms of prevention, healthy lifestyles and habits play an important role and the following precautions are recommended;
The target population is between 50 and 69 years old with a screening every two years to detect hidden blood in stools.
The implementation of the Program began in 2015 in Tramuntana, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera but had to be stopped as a result of the state of alarm.
It is currently back in operation in Mallorca and Ibiza, although conditioned by the different waves of the pandemic.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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