Colon Cancer on the Rise in Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat-Doctors in Saudi Arabia recently warned against the increasing number of patients suffering from cancer of the colon, an illness more common in European countries. It is estimated that at the end of 2004, some 376000 individuals in the Kingdom were suffering from cancer.
According to a scientific study, over half of patients suffering from colonic cancer die as a result of their illness. The medicine Avastin was shown to be effective in treating this form of cancer and controlling it. It can be taken by elderly patients with advances stages of colonic caner but who are unable to undergo conventional chemotherapy. The study also indicated Avanstin accompanying a lighter type of chemical therapy could stop cancer tumors from growing for 4 months.
The likelihood of developing cancer of the colon increases with age with over 90% of new patients aged 50% or over. Those suffering from inflammatory diseases of the colon are most at risk.
Dr. Ali al Zahrani, a cancer specialist at the Military Hospital in Jeddah stated early diagnosis of colonic cancer increases the chances of successfully fighting the disease. A balanced diet low in saturated fat and high in fiber help prevent this type of cancer.
He told Asharq Al Awsat, “Cancer of the colon is widespread in Saudi Arabia with many people developing this illness than in other countries. It’s the second highest cancer in the Kingdom in terms of patients suffering from it.” Dr. al Zahrani warned the public to avoid junk food and drinks and foods full of preservatives, noting that hereditarily factors played a significant role in developing colonic cancer.