Spain’s Junta de Andalucia offers free colon cancer tests that can be taken from home

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ANDALUCIA: ‘A simple and painless’ test can ‘save your life'. Photo: Junta de Andalucia

THE Junta de Andalucia’s programme for early detection of colon and rectal cancer is currently in full swing as letters are being sent out to people in Andalucia to apply for the free test from the luxury of their own home.

According to the authority, the test is available to people between the age of 50 and 69, who only have to fill in a form in order to receive the test material at their front door.

‘A simple and painless’ test can ‘save your life’, said the Junta de Andalucia.

All people who are within the mentioned age range will be invited to participate in the test within the next two years.

The program is exclusively aimed at people without symptoms and without personal or family history of colon cancer. For this reason, those who may have doubts should contact their family doctor.

Together with the programme flyer, eligible participants will receive a form and an envelope that will need to be sent back via post.

The participant will then be sent the test instructions and materials via post.

The sample should be dropped off by participants at their local health centre.

Colon cancer appears in the intestine and starts with an abnormal growth of the intestine tissue, creating polyps.

Most intestinal polyps are benign but can become malignant if not treated early.

According to reports from the Junta de Andalucia, colon cancer is one of most frequent malignant tumours among men and women over the age of 50 in Europe.

In Andalucia, over 5.000 new colon cancer cases are detected each year but if detected early, it’s easy to treat and there is a high recovery percentage.

According to the Junta, 90 per cent of colon cancer cases can be cured if detected early enough.

For more information, citizens have been recommended to visit their local health centre or visit: https://www.juntadeandalucia.es/organismos/salud/areas/planificacion/plan-integral/paginas/cribado-cancer-colon.html

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