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Colon cancer is a condition that begins in the colon and rectum, which are neighboring regions of the large intestine. Colon cancer is sometimes referred to as colorectal cancer.
The colon is the part of the large intestine that extends from the cecum to the rectum. It can be described as a long coiling, looping tube-like organ that removes water from digested food and solid waste material called feces or stool. The average colon is approximately 6 feet long.
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Colorectal cancer begins as polyps that develop in the inner lining of the colon or rectum. There are polyps that become cancerous over time, depending on what type or category they fall under.
- Adenomas – are polyps that can turn into cancer. They are also referred to as
- Hyperplastic polyps and inflammatory polyps – are very common, but are typically not
- Dysplasia – is another pre-cancerous condition that occurs when colon lining or polyps
appear to have abnormalities.
Cancer of the colon can possibly spread through these ways:
- extension through the bowel wall
- distribution by the circulation of through the bloodstream (hematogenous)
- regional lymph node metastases
- surrounding nerve or nerves (perineural)
- within the wall of a nearby organ (intramural)
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for men and women. In 2016, it is expected to cause 49,190 deaths, but mortality rates have been dropping in the past years which can be accounted to early detection and removal of polyps, preventing them from become cancerous. That, along with improved treatments for colon cancer, have reduced deaths due to the disease. Today, there are more than 1 million survivors of colon cancer in the United States.
Early diagnosis of colon cancer will depend on whether or not you regularly go to routine checkups or screenings. Some symptoms of colon cancer include:
- Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
- Diarrhea, constipation, or changes in the shape and consistency of the stool
- Feeling of fullness or that you cannot move your bowel completely
- Gas and bloating
- Abdominal cramps or pain
- Losing weight for unknown reasons
It’s important to note that some of the symptoms mentioned can also indicate other conditions such as infections, hemorrhoids, or irritable bowel syndrome. If you see or experience any of these signs, it’s best to seek medical advice in order to diagnose your condition and find
The exact reason why some people get colorectal cancer is not always known. However, there are risk factors that can affect a person’s chances of developing the disease. These are:
- A history of having multiple colon polyps
- A history of inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
- Diet that’s low in fiber and high in animal protein and refined carbohydrates
- Physical inactivity of less than 3 to 4 hours per week
- Obesity or being overweight
- Consumption of more than one alcoholic drink per day
- Age – The likelihood of colorectal cancer increases with age, typically beginning age 50.
- Family health history – Gene defects can be inherited and lead to cancer, including that of
the colon. About 5% to 10% of colon cancer cases are hereditary.
- Type 2 diabetes
Since the cause of colon cancer is yet to be discovered, preventing the disease can be challenging. However, you can control certain risk factors in order to reduce your chances of developing the disease. Here are some of the ways.
Schedule regular colon cancer screenings as this can help detect the condition before it becomes severe. Screenings are usually done beginning at age 50 but individuals with higher risks can go
for screening sooner.
Making smart lifestyle choices is also essential. Eat a healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables, stay active, quit smoking, and moderate alcohol consumption.
Diagnostic Tests for Detection
There are ways to detect colon cancer and these are:
- Medical history and physical exam – are conducted in order to evaluate risk factors and gather information about your health and lifestyle. While physical examination will be done in order to feel your abdomen and look for any signs of growth and mass. Digital Rectal Examination (DRE) and fecal occult blood test are typically part of this initial
- Blood test – Blood tests, such as CBC, can be advised to determine signs of anemia, liver
function, and detect tumor markers
- Colonoscopy – a type of exam that uses a colonoscope, which is a thin tube with a camera in order to see the colon and rectum. It can also be done to conduct a biopsy of
the polyps and certain parts of the colon.
- Biopsy – is the process of collecting samples from the colon to determine whether there’s
cancer or not.
- Barium Enema – is an x-ray of the colon that is done with the use of a substance called barium. It is injected in the rectum and coats the colon in order to create an image or
outline that will help detect any abnormalities.
- Imaging tests – such as CT Scan, ultrasound, MRI scan, Chest x-ray, angiography, and PET scan can be recommended in order to see a detailed view of the insides of your body
and detect cancer.
New Hope Medical Center have been helping cancer patients battle colon cancer through holistic cancer treatments that not just focuses on eradicating cancer but on the person’s wellbeing as a whole. If you or a loved one is battling with colon cancer, we can help fight the condition with you. We offer different treatment options that can help you maintain a good quality of life while
dealing with colon cancer.