The Alarming Truth About Colon Cancer

By on 03/16/2017

colon-cancerOur colon is most often discussed in the form of fart jokes – usually told by a 9-year-old boy (or a 39-year-old “boy”… Some things never change!)

Outside of the off colored joking, general colon conversation is a rare occurrence… what an awkward conversation to have with co-workers!

Here is the truth, though: colon cancer, aka colorectal cancer, is actually the 3rd most diagnosed form of cancer in both men and women.

That is no laughing matter! However, since we rarely discuss colon health, the unfortunate fact is most aren’t aware of their colon cancer risks, or the signs that there might be trouble (not every unpleasant colon issue is due to a bad taco night!).

In fact, in 2013 (the most recent year complete numbers are available), 71,099 men and 65,020 women were diagnosed with colorectal cancer… and 27,230 men and 24,583 women died from it.

As faux-pas as it may be, its time to have a long and serious conversation about our colon.

colorectal cancer stages

Signs of possible colorectal cancer include:

Colorectal cancer symptoms depend on the size and location of the cancer. More commonly experienced symptoms include:

  • Changes in bowel habits (such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days)
  • Changes in stool consistency
  • Blood in the stool
  • Abdominal discomfort and/or cramping

Additionally, some less common but still serious symptoms are:

  • A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by having one
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Rectal bleeding with bright red blood

Support colon health and reduce your chances of colon cancer

Prevention is the best medicine, especially when it comes to cancer! Treat your body well and give it all the ammo it needs to fight off disease and illness, including cancer!

  • Clean and remove toxins from your system. Cancer cells are often caused by free radicals damaging healthy cells. A colon cleanse that hydrates the colon and intestines, increases good flora and removes damaging toxins can help support a strong and healthy colon, free from abnormal cell development.
  • Screening. starting at age 50, or sooner if there is a family history, schedule a routine screening with your doctor. Often times a screening can detect abnormal cells before they fully form into colorectal cancer. These cells can be easily removed and cancer can be avoided. colorectal cancer screening
  • Weight loss. Obese men and women have a much higher occurrence of colorectal cancer. Staying at a healthy weight and avoiding weight gain around the midsection may help lower your risk.
  • Stay active. Physical activity and an increased heart rate is associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer. Interestingly enough, studies show the harder you exercise and the higher your heart rate gets, the lower your chances for colorectal (and other forms of cancer) become. So dont be scared to push it!
  • Food choices. Less red meat, less processed foods and more fibrous veggies is a great way to increase colon and rectal health. Another advantage is you will probably lose some weight by eliminating most red meat and processed foods.
  • Daily vitamins. A daily dose of multi-vitamins containing folic acid, or folate, vitamin D, and calcium may also lower colorectal cancer risk, as new studies are starting to reveal.

About modernhealthproject

Hi there! This is my little blog project where I am trying to learn more about health, wellness and living a balanced life, while also sharing a bit of my silly side as well. By "silly" I mean sarcastic. And by "a bit" I mean way too much. Sorry about that.♥ - Anna

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