"Key Prevention of Colorectal Cancer" Health Seminar"Key Prevention of Colorectal Cancer" Health Seminar

Aug 26.2023 | Author :


The Chang Yung-Fa Charity Foundation partnered with the Digital Humanitarian Association, WaCare Telehealth Platform, to host a beneficial physical and mental health seminar on August 26, 2023. The seminar's theme was "Key Prevention of Colorectal Cancer." It was attended by vulnerable and middle-aged to elderly individuals supported by the Huashan Social Welfare Foundation's care program, and it was broadcast live to remote and mountainous areas through the WaCare platform. The event attracted approximately 350 seniors and participants both online and in person. The seminar featured rich content, and the participants responded enthusiastically, increasing awareness of colorectal cancer among the public while emphasizing the promotion of a healthy lifestyle through exercise, diet, and preventive measures.

The seminar began with a light exercise led by health and fitness expert, Mr. He Hongyin, involving all on-site and online participants. This exercise encouraged everyone to get moving and develop good exercise habits. Mr. He emphasized that moderate exercise can boost immunity and enhance the body's resistance, which is highly beneficial for overall health. Moreover, these exercises can be easily done at home, making them accessible to everyone.


Following the exercise session, renowned colorectal and rectal cancer surgeon, Dr. Liao Yuzuo, delivered a keynote speech, delving into the methods of preventing colorectal cancer and the current treatment modalities. Dr. Liao highlighted the close relationship between colorectal cancer and lifestyle habits, sleep, and diet. Adequate sleep and effective stress management are important factors in cancer prevention. Additionally, avoiding the consumption of fried foods, grilled foods, high-salt items, and processed foods while increasing the intake of vegetables and fruits contributes to maintaining a healthy digestive system. Dr. Liao also reminded participants that persistent symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, or rectal bleeding without an obvious cause could be early signs of colorectal cancer, and seeking early medical evaluation is crucial. The government currently offers a quantitative immunochemical fecal occult blood test every two years for individuals aged 50 to 74, which is an effective method for early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer. The survival rate for patients in the first stage is over 90%, while the rates for the second and third stages are 80% and 50%, respectively. However, the survival rate for the fourth stage is less than 40%. Therefore, it is recommended that individuals establish a habit of regular health check-ups, as early detection of colorectal cancer offers a high chance of successful treatment.


This event was especially well-received by the elderly participants who found it challenging to access such comprehensive healthcare information. They also praised the easy-to-understand content of the presentations, which they found immensely helpful for their health. One senior even mentioned that as they age and their physical functions decline, they have worried about the burden their diagnosis of cancer might place on their children. However, now that they understand the high survival rate of early-stage colorectal cancer, they will proactively visit the hospital for screening and take appropriate preventive measures.

The Chang Yung-Fa Charity Foundation has a long-standing commitment to caring for vulnerable seniors and will continue to provide support and attention to resource-limited groups. They will also continue to organize related health promotion seminars and activities to raise health awareness among vulnerable populations and help them feel the warmth of society.