P164 Assessment of awareness and compliance with the recommendations of primary and secondary prevention of cancer in patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Tulewicz-Marti, E.(1);Łodyga, M.(1);Stępień-Wrochna, B.(1);Lewandowski, K.(1);Rydzewska, G.(1);

(1)Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Interior Affairs and Administration- Warsaw- Poland, Department of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Unit, Warsaw, Poland;


Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), are at risk of developing malignancies, so prevention and adherence to cancer screening may improve its detection. The aim of this study was to asses the compliance with medical recommendations, especially primary and secondary prevention of cancer.


This prospective, one-center study was carried out between June and October 2021r. amongst patients from Department of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology with IBD Division, Central Clinical Hospital of Ministry of Interior Affairs and Administrations, Warsaw, Poland. Patients were asked to complete anonymous questionnaire which included 42 questions concerning lifestyle, cancer risk factors, cancer history, and checkups in patients with IBD.


A total of 190 patients with IBD were included in survey. 117 (61.6%)  had CD, 67 (35.3%) UC and 6 (3.2%) unclassified disease. 43.7% were women and more than a half of them had >8 years of the length of the disease. In total 84.2% were taking mesalazine, 48.4%  immunosupresive medication and 77.9% biological treatment. Statistically significantly (p=0.034) more patients with CD than those with UC practiced regular physical activity (respectively 65.8% and 48.5%). Patients with UC more often were non-smokers (76.7% vs 92.5% for CD and UC respectively; p=0.007). 39.7% of patients with CD and 27.3% with UC declared alcohol consumption (p=0.128). Only 6% of patients responded not to use sun protection measures when sun-bathing but 24.8% with CD and 34.4% with UC didn’t have regular full-body skin examinations.  78.7% of patients had abdominal ultrasound scan performed in the last year. Out of 52.7% who had colonoscopy recommended, 49.3% of patients declared that the examination was carried out (36.8% of CD and 65.5% of UC; p= 0.038) and another endoscopy was scheduled (18.6% of CD and 48.4%  of UC; p<0.001). According to respondents cholangio-MRI was recommended to 14.3%  patients with CD and 6.2% with UC (p=0.219). Only 1 patient in both groups did not perform this examination. Most of the examinations were recommended by gastroenterologists. Moreover, in the last 12 months 59.6%  of female answerer declared to have ultrasound imagining of the breast and 98.7% gynecological examination performed (65.4% had regular Pap-test screening). 82.3% of respondents knew about HPV vaccination but only 25% were vaccinated.


Our study reveals that many of IBD patients are exposed on risk factors of malignancies. Screening for cancer and regular checkups should be regularly performed. Primary prevention, such as HPV vaccinations, should be reminded to all patients.