While there are no known direct causes, some factors that increase your risk of colon cancer are family history, age (over 50), personal history of cancer, polyps, colitis or Crohn's disease. Other factors believed to increase the risk of cancer generally include a low fiber diet, lack of regular exercise and poor nutrition. Also, general good health can greatly increase the effectiveness of treatments. For more detailed information, see Colon Cancer Best-Selling Books.
A change in bowel habits, bright or dark blood in stool, diarrhea, constipation, feeling that bowel doesn't empty, narrow stools, gas pains, bloating, fullness or cramps, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, vomiting. Tests that can help discover colon cancer include a fecal blood test, anal exam, x-rays, and a colon scope.
In the early stages, colon cancer can often be eliminated using surgery or even other, less invasive measures. Unfortunately, it isn't often detected in the early stages because symptoms haven't advanced enough to be detected. This is why regular doctor visits and testing are important. In the middle stages, the surgery gets more invasive and may result in a colostomy bag if the colon can't be sewn back together, but the success rate is still very good. Once the cancer has spread through the colon, the treatment options get more severe and it's less likely it can be stopped. At the latter stages, multiple surgeries, along with chemotherapy and other steps may be taken to slow the disease and relieve the pain and other symptoms.
If you've been diagnosed with a malignant Cancer, always retest and get a second opinion from another doctor. Once confirmed, work with your doctor to make sure nothing you do interferes with the medical treatment. Get the specific diagnosis in writing, including the name and stage of the Cancer. Search the National Cancer Institute and other websites to learn all that's being done for your cancer. Print relevant pages and make a list of specific questions for your doctor. Write down his answers and check them on the web. I know the doctor has a good education, but this is your health and your life. The actions to help prevent Cancer below can often be used in stronger doses to fight cancer, but check with your doctor.
To help prevent Cancer: If your family or lifestyle (see causes, above) puts you at a higher risk, you should consider these things essential to help prevent Cancer: Follow a low fat diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Fill your life with aerobic activity and exercise. Make sure you're drinking enough water. Supplement your diet with natural Multi-Vitamins and Multi-Minerals, along with extra doses of the following to strengthen your immune system:
Vitamin C and
Organic Germanium; 300-450mg divided into 3 doses a day.
Fiber; 12-15 grams extra from vegetable sources or supplements.
Garlic; 3 cloves per day.
Omega 3; 3 per day, 1 at beginning of each meal.
Lecithin; taken with the Omega 3.
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