Looking forward to Dublin 2019: An interview with ESCP President, Per Nilsson

In a series of interviews, we will be previewing this year’s ACPGBI annual meeting in Dublin, 1-3 July. We talked to Dr Per Nilsson, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Senior Lecturer at Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden and current President of the European Society of Coloproctology, who discussed the benefits and current evidence for ‘Watch and wait’ and surgery for regrowth after neoadjuvant radiotherapy for rectal cancer.

Fitness may affect risk of colorectal cancer and survival likelihood after diagnosis

Adults who were the most fit had the lowest risk of developing colorectal and lung cancer, and among individuals who developed lung or colorectal cancer, those who had high fitness levels before their cancer diagnosis were less likely to die compared with those who had low fitness levels. The findings, ‘Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Incident Lung and Colon Cancer in Men and Women: Results from the Henry Ford Exercise Testing (FIT) Cancer Cohort’, were published in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

Screening for colorectal cancer at 45 would avert 11,100 deaths over five years

Starting routine colorectal cancer screening at age 45 rather than 50 would decrease US cancer deaths by as much as 11,100 over five years, according to a new study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The move would also decrease the number of cancer cases nationwide by up to 29,400 over that time period. However, screening a greater number of older and high-risk adults would avert nearly three times as many diagnoses and deaths at a lower cost, the study found.