Colorectal cancer, a preventable cancer

Eating better would avoid having this cancer that is widespread in Guadel and that is linked to our way of life and our diet. Within the framework of the month of the social and solidarity economy, this videoconference was to provide a better understanding of how to change our diet. It is also a way to protect yourself from many ills, including colon cancer.

It is one of the most common cancers in Guadeloupe. The MGPS (Mutual General de Bienestar Social) organized a videoconference on colon cancer today on Wednesday. An event that is part of the month of the Social and Solidarity Economy with the participation of the chief physician of the nutrition department of the CHU of Guadalupe.

The theme of this videoconference: “how to avoid colon cancer through nutrition” presented by Dr. Marie-Laure Lalanne-Mistrih, head of the nutrition department at the University Hospital of Guadeloupe.

Colorectal cancer has the particularity of being linked to our lifestyle and diet. This is where both the crux of the problem (eating too fat, too salty, too sweet) and the solution (eating balanced) lie.

Philippe Romana, MGPS communications manager.

Philippe Romana, MGPS communications manager.

preventable cancer

Colorectal cancer develops from cells that line the inner lining of the colon or rectum. In most cases, these malignant tumors arise from a benign tumor, called an adenomatous polyp, which grows slowly and eventually becomes cancerous.
It is a common cancer in both men and women, and is the second leading cause of cancer death for all sexes combined.
Mortality from colorectal cancer has declined since the 1990s, while the incidence has remained stable in women and is declining in men.
Survival of people with colorectal cancer has improved over time.

Colorectal cancer can be discovered through screening tests.

Colorectal cancer can be discovered at an early stage by detecting fecal occult blood. In France, an organized screening program is offered to all people aged 50 to 74 years.
Several modifiable risk factors related to lifestyle have been identified (alcohol consumption, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, sedentary lifestyle, overweight and obesity, diet with low fiber intake, excessive consumption of red meat or processed meat), so these Cancers are partially preventable: For example, in 2015, it is estimated that in metropolitan France about 21.0% of colorectal cancers (excluding anal cancers) in people over 30 years of age were attributable to alcohol consumption

Screening increases the chances of recovery by finding and treating this cancer at an early stage. It also makes it possible to prevent certain types of cancer thanks to the detection of precancerous lesions. Fecal occult blood screening has been shown to reduce mortality from colorectal cancer*. Established in 2002 in 23 pilot departments, the organized colorectal cancer screening program was extended to the entire territory as of 2008. With the exception of Mayotte, all French departments have been covered since 2010.
One more reason to respond to the invitation to the screening that we received by mail.


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Modifiable risk factors

The main modifiable risk factors for colorectal cancer are:

alcohol consumption

overweight, obesity


diets low in fiber, excessive in red meats or processed meats

sedentary lifestyle, physical inactivity

(Documentation: Public Health France)

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