Poland’s colon cancer rates among highest in Europe
PR dla Zagranicy
The number of Poles diagnosed with colon cancer has reached 19,000 each year, which is among the highest rates in Europe, according to a report.
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In 2010, the figure stood at 16,000. There are 115,000 people suffering from the disease in the country, Poland’s PAP news agency reported.
Iga Rawicka, from the EuropaColon Poland Foundation, said that 12,000 people die of colon cancer in Poland every year.
According to the Polish National Cancer Registry, over 24,000 Poles will contract cancer in 2025 -- 15,000 men and 9,100 women. In 2030, new colon cancer cases are expected to increase to 28,000 per year.
The high colon cancer rates are linked to the fact that not enough people get a colonoscopy to screen for the disease.
Oncologist Jacek Zwoliński said that in the United States fewer people have been diagnosed with the cancer over the last 20 years due to a high number of patients turning up for cancer screening tests. He said: “It’s the only explanation as high-risk factors such as an unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity and obesity are still commonplace.”