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FIT- Colorectal Cancer Screening Study

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide and about a million new cases are diagnosed every year. The incidence of CRC was initially reported to be rare in sub-Saharan African previously, however, recent reports have shown that the incidence has risen significant. In fact, by 2030, two third of the new diagnoses will be made in low middle income countries. More importantly, majority of the individual diagnosed with this disease will die of the disease because the diagnosis was made very late. Treatment of CRC is only rewarding when the diagnosis is made early. The only modality that can allow early diagnosis or prevent the occurrence of CRC is screening.

Colorectal cancer arises from colonic polyp. It takes about ten years for a polyp to turn into cancer. Screening helps to discover the polyps before it turns to cancer, essentially making CRC a preventable cancer. Various modalities can be used to screen CRC. Of all, fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is the most sensitive and specific noninvasive test available for CRC.

African Research Group for Oncology, resident at the department of Surgery, Obafemi Awolowo University, in conjunction with international partners is conducting a research to identify the feasibility of introducing this screening test in Nigeria so as to stem the rising tide of CRC in Nigeria. The study will provide opportunity for members of OAU and OAUTHC community as well as people in Ile – Ife and its environs who meet the inclusion criteria to have free FIT screening.

Study enrolment is only for individuals 40-75 without a family history of colorectal cancer or recent colonoscopy. If you are interested, kindly come to Lekan Badru House at the OAU Teaching Hospital Complex (behind the fire station across from the A&E) on Tuesday, June 18 or Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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