Colon (bowel) cancer has also been common under the age of 50 in recent years, noted the president of the Turkish Gastroenterological Society Professor Dr. “Regular checks save lives,” was said.

Colon cancer is a life-threatening disease that develops on the inner surface of the colon. It proceeds insidiously and is therefore often diagnosed late. In advanced stages, blood coming from the breech is manifested by symptoms such as prolonged constipation, abdominal pain, swelling in the abdomen, weakness, weight loss and iron deficiency. President Of The Turkish Gastroenterological Society Prof. Dr. gave important information about the disease, which is possible for early diagnosis and treatment with regular checks, and explained the ways of prevention as follows:

– Colon cancer is the 3 most common in women and men. it’s a form of cancer. About 1/3 of its cases are located in the rectum. In recent years, there has been an increase in the rectum under the age of 50. As a reason for this, increasing obesity and the spread of Western-type eating habits in the 90 years are also shown.


– In individuals at average risk, the lifetime risk of colon cancer is 4 percent, and the risk in men is 25 percent higher than in women. Genetic predisposition, age, personal and family history of colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, abdominal radiation therapy are the main risk factors.

– Lack of physical activity, unhealthy diet, smoking, diabetes and obesity, as well as low socioeconomic status are also causes that increase the risk. Red and processed meat can increase the risk, but consumption of 1.2 times a week in a balanced diet is acceptable.

– Foods containing vegetables, whole wheat, folate and low calories should be taken, excessive alcohol consumption should be avoided.


– Disrupting screening programs and ignoring symptoms due to not going to the hospital for fear of contracting Covid-19, which has also affected Turkey for more than a year, hinders the chances of early diagnosis of colon cancer. However, colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers.

– Deaths from the disease tend to decrease in recent years with early diagnosis and effective treatment thanks to screening programs. Colonoscopy, the process of direct imaging of the inside of the large intestine with a camera device, reduces the incidence of cancer by 69 percent and deaths by 68 percent. L on the other hand, there is no drug that has been proven effective today in preventing the development of colon cancer. But if there is also a risk of developing cardiovascular disease in people over the age of 50, aspirin use for more than 10 years can be useful.


– In those with a family history of colon cancer, the risk increases 2 times compared to the normal population. This risk is more pronounced in the younger age group. For this reason, a control colonoscopy should be performed every five years in those with a family history of colon cancer. In individuals with an average risk, a blood test in the stool should be performed once a year, and a colonoscopy should be performed once every 10 years.

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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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