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Castilla y León extends colorectal cancer screening to 74 years of age

Castilla y León extends colorectal cancer screening to 74 years of age

It is Easter Sunday matches the World Colon Cancer Day, a disease on the rise and a tumor that has the highest incidence in Spain. In fact, during Last year a total of 40,203 people were diagnosed diagnosed with this disease in our country.

From the Spanish Association against Cancer A new social awareness campaign has been launched of the importance of prevention in order to win the battle against this cancer. «Play your role in detecting colon cancer» is the motto chosen this year that aims to increase participation in colorectal cancer screening programs.

But while all this is happening, The Ministry of Health of Castilla y León continues working to promote this test and that it can reach more people. For this reason, the department that directs Alejandro Vazquez, Just as it has recently done with mammograms,will expand the target population up to 74 years of age to which the Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Program will be directed, which until now was dedicated to people between 50 and 69 years old.

This change, which applies starting this Sunday, follows the recommendations for surveillance by colonoscopy after a positive fecal occult blood test established by the Spanish Association of Gastroenterology and the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine, according to sources from the Ministry of Health.

Castilla y León is one of the first regions of autonomous Spain to make this expansion effective, which has scientific consensus and is a recommendation of the Council of the European Union. In the new protocol, people with a negative colonoscopy from screening will return after ten years.

Clinical Practical Guide

The information system that collects the activities of the Program (screening and monitoring) has been adapted to the recommendations of the «Clinical Practice Guide, Diagnosis and Prevention of Colorectal Cancer»which is agreed upon by all the Autonomous Communities.

This guide classifies lesions found in colonoscopy into ‘advanced lesions’ and ‘non-advanced lesions’, thus differentiating those that do or do not require endoscopic follow-up by the Hospital Care Digestive Services.

In 2022, a total of 254,320 invitations were made by postal mail in Castilla y León. Of all of them, 95,373 people attended the Program. Or what is the same, there was a 37.5 percent participationwhich is considered provisional, since from the time the person is invited to participate in the Program they have two years to go to their health center to take the test, the fecal occult blood test.

Besides, the percentage of positive tests during that year was 4.9 percent.