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Colon Cancer Screenings: No Time Like the Present

Whilst a horrendous condition often associated with older adults, colon cancer can also attack the bodies of younger people. The world was shocked upon learning the passing of “Black Panther”, 43-year-old star Chadwick Boseman, was the result of this type of cancer. What is colon cancer and how can you minimise the likelihood of developing this malady.

What is colon cancer and how does it impact the body?

A polyp is a label given by medical professionals to a small growth. A small growth can be harmless, yet some may be a form of cancer. Colon cancer occurs in a patient when one or more of these polyps develop on the rectum or colon’s inner lining. It is possible to remove these growths, and this process often stops or greatly hinders the progression of cancer.

What are the symptoms of colon cancer?

Although it may present itself differently depending on the patient, there are some commonly reported symptoms in people suffering from colon cancer. A change in one’s stool production is the most tell-tale sign of this condition. Blood in the stool, losing a significant amount of weight with no explanation as well as becoming deficient in red-blood cells can all be attributed to colon cancer. Early stages of colon cancer often produce no symptoms and may easily pass unnoticed, which is why screenings are so important.

When should I check for colon cancer?

Experts have noticed a trend in the last 2 decades: the number of people younger than 50 developing colorectal cancer is on the rise. It is therefore recommended that if over the age of 45, an individual should get screened for this cancer. People with family members who have suffered from this condition or similar ones such as inflammatory bowel disease should get screened earlier than 45.

What is a colonoscopy?

Colorectal cancer screenings require a piece of equipment termed a colonoscope. This lengthy plastic tube is flexible and is fitted with a minuscule camera at its tip. It is inserted into the patient’s rectum and records its journey up until it reaches the colon. This procedure, known as a colonoscopy, allows a doctor to notice any abnormalities such as polyps in the rectum and colon. Patients are sedated during this activity and feel no pain.

How can I prevent colon cancer?

A person’s diet, lifestyle and weight are intrinsically linked to their chances of developing colorectal cancer. Such aspects of an individual’s life can be improved by a healthier diet involving more vitamin-rich foods, a consistent exercise regime, avoiding carcinogenic habits such as smoking and alcohol as well as maintaining a healthy weight. These practices can all reduce the likelihood of developing this cancer.

If you’re over the age of 45, regular colorectal cancer screenings are highly recommended.

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