March is European Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – ECCAM
Every year, 500.000 citizens in Europe are diagnosed with colorectal cancer (CRC) and 250.000 of them die. Patients who are diagnosed early (stage I), have a 90% chance of survival as compared to only 10% when diagnosed in stage IV.
Despite the fact that colorectal cancer evolves slowly, over a period of eight to ten years, the majority of patients are still diagnosed in the late stages III & IV.
To mark this month every year, to help save lives and better the quality of life of people facing CRC, DiCE takes the opportunity to bring awareness to CRC and the necessity for:
- Early diagnosis
- Population-based screening programmes
- Heightened public knowledge of signs and symptoms
We do this via a communication campaign that is then disseminated on a national level with the support of our Member organisations.