Colon cancer is cancer that grows in the large intestine. Most times, it starts as small, noncancerous cells which over time develop into colon cancer. Globally, colon cancer is the third most-diagnosed cancer and the fourth cause of cancer death worldwide and may increase by up to 60% by 2030.… ...Show more
Colon cancer is cancer that grows in the large intestine. Most times, it starts as small, noncancerous cells which over time develop into colon cancer.Globally, colon cancer is the third most-diagnosed cancer and the fourth cause of cancer death worldwide and may increase by up to 60% by 2030.Symptoms Of Colon CancerMost cases of colon cancer start with no symptoms in the early stage.However, general symptoms include:
A change in bowel function.
This includes constipation and diarrhea - In fact, a rapid change (frequency) in the consistency of stool which usually lasts for up to a month.
Blood In Stool
Constant discomfort or pain in the abdominal region
Feeling like you still have some left
Unplanned weight loss
Causes Of Colon CancerDoctors don’t know the actual cause of colon cancer. However, available studies show that they can be caused by an abnormality in the DNA of the colon cells.Risk Factors Of Colon CancerSome factors can trigger the occurrence of this cancer are as given below:Most patients of colon cancer are adults above the age of 50. Although it can occur in younger people, prevalence is high among older adults.Other risk factors include the personal history of the ailment, conditions of an inflamed intestine, family history of the disease, smoking, history of diabetes and/or obesity.Preventing Colon CancerEarlier screening for colon cancerOlder adults, since they have a higher risk of colon cancer should get screened earlier. People with conditions such as diabetes or family history should get screened earliest.Eat fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables contain minerals, vitamins and other nutrients which help prevent cancer.Reduce alcohol intake: It’s better to stop taking alcohol. Seek help if needed.Quit smoking: Seek help from an expert on how to quit smoking.Other ways include exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight.What To AvoidSeveral studies have revealed that a diet with excess red meat can trigger the risk of colon cancer. What To EatAccording to recent research, diets high in fiber can increase the survival rate for stage 1 patients of colon cancer.Eat whole grainWhole grains can improve the treatment outcome. Also, studies shows that eating up to 2 ounces of tree nuts such as walnuts and cashew can reduce the risk of colon cancer by half. Other ways include exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight.Going beyond in the holistic approachLouise Hay, Motivational leader and empowerment coach who has done pathbreaking work in supporting HIV/AIDS patients and their families, has said that, “Illness however mild or severe is an indicator of your emotional state, caused by your thoughts and focus.”According to her, the main cause of colon cancer is: Secret grief or deep hurt. Long standing resentments. One of the ways of healing this is through saying or writing affirmations. Her affirmation for healing colon cancer is: I lovingly forgive and release all of the past. I choose to fill my life with joy. I love and approve of myself.Show less