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What is Colon Cancer?
Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine and usually begins as small, benign, cell clumps known as colon polyps. Many colon polyps are small and not harmful, but some can progress into colon cancer, and for that reason, regular colon screenings are recommended.
Symptoms of Colon Cancer
- Change in bowel movements
- Blood in the stool
- Rectal bleeding
- Abdominal discomfort
- Unexplained weight loss.
Risks of Colon Cancer
The causes of colon polyps are unknown, though genetics can play a factor. There is no way to know which polyps may turn cancerous, though the larger polyps are the ones that most commonly progress to cancer. If you experience a change in bowel movements, blood in the stool, rectal bleeding, abdominal discomfort or pain, fatigue, and unexplained weight loss, or are in a high risk group for colon cancer (factors include being over 50, having a family history of colon cancer, being overweight, fatty diets, and smoke and alcohol use), you should submit to regular colon cancer screenings.
Treatment for Colon Cancer
Treatments for colon cancer can vary but often include medication, chemotherapy, radiation and surgical treatment. Prevention is the best treatment, so men and women over age 50 should submit to annual colon cancer screenings, so troublesome polyps are detected at their earliest possible stages. Your gastroenterologist will help create a cancer treatment plan based on your individual needs.
Living with Colon Cancer
While going through chemotherapy or radiation therapy, many colon cancer patients struggle with their dietary needs. Drugs specifically for colorectal cancers can cause bouts of diarrhea, so it's a good idea to avoid a diet too high in fiber or with too much caffeine, sugar or grease. Instead, eat potassium-rich foods and drink plenty of water. If you have colorectal surgery, monitor your bowel movements closely, as instructed by your doctor.
When you are sick, it is hard to think about exercising, but maintaining a healthy routine of aerobic exercise is important to the improvement of your health. Support from family and friends is crucial for cancer patients! Sharing your journey with loved ones will make coping with your disease much more effective.