Adeje council votes to introduce screening for colonic cancer
To celebrate World Colorectal Cancer day the Plaza de España has been lit up in blue
At a recent sitting of
Adeje council there was unanimous approval for an institutional motion calling
for health authorities to introduce screening as part of a prevention programme
for Colorectal/Colon cancer.
Passed at the most recent
sitting of the council following a request from the Spanish Cancer Association,
the council announced the call today, March 31st, World Colorectal
Cancer Awareness day. In parallel the
council’s department of health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, has overseen the Plaza
de España lit in blue for the last three days and nights of the month. There is also a banner over the Town Hall
referring to the cancer, as a solidarity gesture to all those suffering from
this form of cancer, and their families.
The cancer association
commented, “there is a need for a collective push on awareness surrounding this
cancer, the one which has the highest incidence in the Canary Islands, both in
the field of prevention in the population in general and among the health
authorities, so that a screening programme can be introduced as soon as
possible into Canarian boroughs”.
The motion carried by the
council session states, “colonic cancer is the cancer with the highest
incidence in the Canarian population and the prevention of this cancer through
screening is an effective tool in saving lives”. At the same time the council
acknowledged that “the situation created by Covid 19 has affected a number of
health programmes, but at the same time it is important to maintain our
commitment to the availability of this screening by 2024, and see it
established within the communal listing of services available through the
national health service”.
With this in mind, the
institutional statement insists that “the regional health authorities must
insert the screening for colonic cancer for the population aged between
50-65 into their general programming,
and work to ensure it is available in all boroughs by 2024”.