Prevention saves lives – and in the case of colorectal cancer should ask themselves three questions

With colorectal cancer, no one would like to have something to do. But Prevention saves lives. That’s why Christa is a Maar for passionate. In this Interview, she explains what questions should each ask, and what young people in particular should pay attention to.

More than 24,000 people die in Germany each year to colon cancer. The good news is that early detection, the disease is curable. Since the colonoscopy was introduced to the Provision in 2002, were approximately 140.000 deaths and 290,000 new cases prevented.

Straight men are considered to be precautionary muffle. A survey showed that 80 percent of Germans know the offers of the health insurance funds for the early detection of cancer. But only about 67 percent of women and 40 percent of men take advantage of them (RKI/ report on the Cancer situation in Germany to 2016).

Nevertheless, It should be “better”, says Christa Maar. She called in 2001, the Felix Burda Foundation to life. Because her son fell ill at the age of 31 years to cancer. Felix has survived this disease only two years. At that time, the family knew much too little about colon cancer, familial risks and possibilities of Prevention.

Today, the still many people in Germany. FOCUS Online Christa Maar is fighting for perfect Precaution: Because colon cancer is curable.

FOCUS Online: a woman Maar, the fear of the Pension you have given for the current campaign, a new name, namely “präventio phobia”. What’s behind it?

Christa Maar: A series of surveys has shown us that The people have no idea of what prevention means. You don’t know that it’s about making the investigation, if you have no complaints. A lot of people think, I have to go to the doctor, when I don’t feel that with my gut something is wrong. Of cancer but over a long time, no complaints. And if you can feel him, he advanced, often far.

Also, the fear of the colonoscopy is for Many a reason not to make them. These Fears we engage with our campaign on: “präventio phobia If the fear of bowel cancer screening is greater than the fear of cancer”, then there is a risk may be that a cancer is detected too late and often too late.

FOCUS Online: The good news is Yes: In only 1 percent of the Screening colonoscopies will, in fact, diagnosed with cancer. Facts the a are. However, often the emotions prevent people from going to the Pension. How can you pick them up differently?

Maar: Emotional manage, it is probably the best case stories. If Concerned, tell that you have been dealt with 20 or 30 years, bowel cancer, can bring the people to Ponder whether they should not decide for the investigation.

Especially young people, who are suffering from colon cancer continue to amaze me. In spite of their often significant health limitations, you can still find the strength to take care of other Sufferers. For this reason, we give each year to a woman or a man suffering from bowel cancer, with the “honor of Felix”.

So far, it was always them, who is ill at a young age, must have a hereditary risk for colorectal cancer. In the most Affected but this is not the case.

It is still unclear why the number of boys Affected is increasing constantly – not rapidly, but continuously. This is especially in countries with a Western life style the case. Scientists in the United States to observe this phenomenon for a while, is currently expect that it had to do with Obesity, lack of exercise and Junk Food. That still says nothing about what happens in the body.

Here you come to new insights, for me, is an important goal in the National decade against cancer.

FOCUS Online: do you Believe that there are the lifestyle factors?

Maar: The life-style factors include, of course, in any case. But this, you can query only. It would be difficult to check how truthful the participants in the study to answer such questions. Therefore, we need to take a closer look at what’s going on in the body and what are the triggering factors. A great might be the importance of the intestinal microbiome and its bacterial composition.

The diagnosis of colorectal cancer means for patients is not only an emotional break down, but often also a financial. Who wants to support patients, you can donate to the following account:

Felix Burda Foundation
IBAN: DE35 6808 0030 0730 0323 01
BIC: DRESDEFF680
Commerzbank Offenburg
Keyword: “patient assistance colon cancer”

For more information, please refer to this Link. The Felix Burda Foundation with headquarters in Munich was founded in 2001 by Dr. Christa Maar and the publisher Prof. Dr. Hubert Burda and bears the name of its 2001 cancer of the colon, deceased son.

The Foundation is dedicated exclusively to the prevention of colon cancer and is today one of the most well-known, non-profit institutions in the German Health Community.

FOCUS Online: What goals are you pursuing with the decade against cancer?

Maar: I’m with Hermann Brenner from the German cancer research center (DKFZ) for the working group on the prevention of responsibility. We have made, in Germany, the causes for bowel cancer in young people forward. The aim is to develop methods with which an increased risk of the disease is at an early stage to predict and, accordingly, personalized prevention recommendations can be made. Similar is also true for other cancers and, in particular, for the particularly frequent, such as lung, breast, and prostate cancer. The goal must be the development of risk prediction models, which allow for personalized Prevention and early detection.

Currently, the bowel cancer prevention work, for example, according to the model of male/ female and age: all men over 50 for Preventive care colonoscopy, women, in contrast, only 55, because you become sick in an average of five years later. In the case of such a unit programs, it is obvious that a lot of people to be studied, the will never develop this cancer. Far better it would be if we could predict who is at increased risk, and accordingly, preventive investigate should be. I am convinced that the future of personalized cancer prevention. A goal of the National decade is to collaborate in this matter.

FOCUS Online: Many have fear of the investigation, a lot more but even before the result. What can be done about the “I’d rather not know at all”-mentality do?

Maar: These people have obviously, in spite of all the enlightenment still does not understand that cancer is better treated can be, the sooner it is detected. In the case of colon cancer you can get cancer before the colonoscopy is already benign precursors of cancer can be detected and removed and thus prevents the following the cancer tumors.

FOCUS Online: detected in time, colorectal cancer is curable. What everybody ought to know about colonoscopy?

Maar: it is Important to know that there is an investigation, not about cancer, but benign precursors. The doctor detects polyps in the investigation, he can remove them during the examination.

Of the investigation you get nothing, because you slept through it thanks to a short sleep syringe. The more unpleasant part is the preparation that needs to flush his bowel clean. Because the doctor can not identify in the investigation of irregularities otherwise. However, all of this is rewarded, the majority of with the realization: I can continue living intestine cancer-free. 

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FOCUS Online: What are the three questions you should ask each to his intestinal health?

Maar: first, everyone should ask: Is it in my family colon cancer? Who has or had cancer, in what age he was diagnosed, and in what degree of relationship or the person Concerned are to me? If there are multiple close relatives with bowel cancer and the cancer has already occurred at the age of 50, you even may have a greatly increased risk for this cancer. With this Knowledge, you go to the doctor, the informed about what to do next and possibly soon-to-be Precautionary colonoscopy rates.

Until a few years ago the question of the familial risk for colon cancer is virtually unknown. Like to me feedback shows, this has changed now to the extent that the sons and daughters of parents who are suffering from intestines cancer, to understand, today, that the disease of the parents also has an impact she has as a child.

The second question relates, in this context, it is often the to the is entitled to the payment of an early colonoscopy when I family charged am. A legal claim on payment for the time being, but the majority of the statutory health insurance funds reimburse the cost of the investigation.

And thirdly, you should, regardless of family risk issues, whether you have other risk factors, the personal risk for colon cancer increase. This includes Smoking, Obesity, Diabetes, and chronic inflammatory bowel diseases.

Also read: Quick-Check intestinal cancer: these questions test your risk

FOCUS Online: What should be especially young people, sensitive?

Maar: Always, if you have blood in the stool notice. The doctor taps are often the first on hemorrhoids, a ointment, rubs, and recommends, in half a year to come back. At this time, an existing cancer has grown and may, perhaps, be healed. Therefore, young people with blood should be in the chair not with the diagnosis of hemorrhoids satisfied, but to clarify the cause for the colonoscopy and transferred to the can.

FOCUS Online: in the Meantime, an invitation to bowel cancer Screening for 50-Year-old by Post. What has brought the new System?

Maar: know About it, we, unfortunately, currently nothing. There are no Numbers. The documentation was suspended in early December for an indefinite period of time, because there is no “reliable, tested, and sufficient functional Software for the documentation of the Early diagnosis of colorectal cancer” available. I can’t understand how you can implement this important Screening program without documentation.

FOCUS Online: what countries can we learn something?

Maar: The Netherlands is a positive example. Here the people get the immunological stool test with the letter of invitation sent home. A prepaid return envelope to send the Test to the laboratory. Each year, 70 percent of the Invited to make the Test. The time-consuming German method is said a participation rate of around 20 per cent.

FOCUS Online: Why shy still so many people to the stool test as a first step?

Maar: Who is the chair of the test wants to make, for the is a pretty time consuming process: I have to go to the doctor to give me the Test to get, possibly, a waiting period with take into account, and when I did the Test did it in a timely manner to the doctor to bring back. I can understand, says that the time required is not so easy in his life.

FOCUS Online: when were you last in the case of colorectal cancer screening?

Maar: five years Ago. I’ve done a capsule endoscopy is a relatively new method for colorectal cancer and polyps recognize as accurate as the colonoscopy. You swallow a Video capsule and can be tracked on the suspended small Monitor exactly where the camera is currently in and what she sees. Unfortunately, the procedure for the doctor is not stress-free, as he must see in the port, hundreds of pictures of possible results. Here, in the future, an intelligent AI could help program. What can also be used with such an innovative method to prevent, prepare, because, of course, the bowel must be flushed clean. It was definitely an interesting experience, this Video-journey through the intestines. And the end of certainty: It’s all right. FOC

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