Colon cancer is the second most common cause of the death from malignant disease in the USA. It comes just after lung cancer in men, and after breast cancer in women.
Colon cancer is the second most common cause of death because of the malignant disease in the developed countries, and the fourth worldwide, according to experts, despite the fact that this disease in the developed countries may be cured by surgical intervention, if it’s diagnosed in the early stage.
Current therapies for this malignancy include surgery, chemotherapy, biological therapy, and radiation.
Unfortunately, the symptoms of colon cancer can be unclear or they can be easily mixed with some other conditions. So therefore, it is very important to conduct a colonscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and to check if there is an occult blood.
One of the main symptoms of colon cancer is tiredness, if we talk about and advanced stage of the disease. Of course, tiredness is a symptom that can be also related to thousands of illnesses, conditions and diseases, but if you also feel shortness of breath and weakness, analyze the other possible symptoms too.
Low level of hemoglobin in the blood can be a symptom of colon cancer, and a simple blood test can tell if you are anemic or not. Visible indicators of anemia include pale gums, tingling feeling in the hands and fatigue.
If your doctor has determined that you have low hemoglobin, it is recommended for you to carry out a colonscopy and X-ray examination of the gastrointestinal (Gl) tract.
- Blood in stool
Blood in the stool can be due to hemorrhoids, fissures, bleeding polyps, (which normally precede colon cancer) or some others health problems. It is important that you never just guess what it is and ignore its presence, no matter what amount is it.
If the blood is bright red, contact your doctor immediately for a review.
- Changed routines (with your stool)
Most people have their routine with their stool. If that routine suddenly changes its “rhythm” or without any reason you start having diarrhea problems, constipation or feeling of lasting bloating, contact your doctor.
- Abdominal pain
Abdominal pain may be due to tumor growth in the colon, so if you experience pain in this area, and it persists, do not hesitate. There are many reasons for abdominal pain, but don’t take the risk!
What else can you do for your health?
Take a 30-minutes walk every day, and in this way lower the risk of premature death, and the risk of colon cancer.
This was shown in the newest research at Washington University, which involved nearly 150 thousand people of both sexes.
Half-hour walking reduces the risk of colon cancer
Vitamin D can help you to protect yourself from colon cancer, say Chinese researchers who analyzed the results of 18 studies with more than 10,000 people. With the analyze of the previous researches, they found that the risk of colorectal cancer is decreased by 33 percent in people who had the highest level of vitamin D compared to those with the lowest level of this sun vitamin.