Colon cancers are ranked second in frequency among the most aggressive cancers in Romania. The number of these cancers has tripled in the last 27 years.
In spite of the fact that 10 years ago a national programme for colon cancer screening was approved, the programme does not receive the necessary funding. Consequently, the number of those cancers has multiplied in the past decade. Detecting the disease before clinical symptoms appear is essential because when cancer is detected at an early stage, subsequent treatment is less invasive and has a higher success rate.
Across Europe, these screening programmes have been in place for the past few years, and colon cancers have been reduced by 20%. Colon cancer screening is also one of the three mandatory cancer screenings in the Member States, alongside breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings.
In Romania 130 people die from cancer and 15 000 new cases of colon cancer are recorded every year. What tools does the Commission have to support the colon cancer screening programmes in both Romania and other Member States?