Did you know that it's the third most common type of cancer and that about half of colon cancer cases result in death? Me either. So I think it's time for us to re-educate ourselves about this killer.
Colon cancer typically develops when benign colon polyps become cancerous, damaging intestinal tissue. Remember how colon polyps rarely show any symptoms? This is why screenings such as the colonoscopy are so important.
Some of those affected by colon cancer will experience symptoms, however. Common symptoms include:
- Bloody stools
- Alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Changes in appetite
- Pale complexion
And the really crappy part? Everyone is at risk for colon cancer. However, factors that may increase your risk include:
- Pre-existing cancer such as breast cancer
- Having polyps
- Having inflammatory bowel disease
- Having relatives with a history of colon cancer
Come back tomorrow to see how colon cleansing can help to prevent colon cancer.
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