Most colon cancers occur in people over 50 yrs.old. It strikes men and women nearly equally. Colo rectal cancer develops over a 10-15 year period and no symptoms noted until it is advanced. The large intestine is made up of the colon (the upper 5-6 feet) and the rectum (the last 6-8 inches). This is where the last stage of digestion occurs and where solid waste are held till it is released. Other causes are not known but a high-fat diet has a strong link to colon cancer. Consumption of chlorinated water has been linked to a greater incidence of colon cancer.
Excessive iron intake, add a low level of vitamin D has been associated with an increased of colon cancer. High intake of charbroiled, burned, wood smoked,or fried foods. Other factors include calcium deficiency; colorectal polyps, family history of colon cancer (lynch syndrome) continued constipation and or diarrhea, personal history of colon-related disease, uterine or ovarian cancer.
Symptoms of colon cancer include rectal bleeding and blood in the stool, changes in bowel habits ( persistent diarrhea, gas pains or constipation) , persistent abdominal pain or bloating, anemia, or significant weight loss, unusual paleness and fatigue and ulcerative colitis.
It was once believed that high fiber diet protects the colon either a vegetarian diet or a diet low in red meat, alcohol and refined foods and high in vegetables, fruits, soy, fish, whole-grain bread, cereals, as well as low non-dairy products and lots of fruits and vegetable juices, offers optimum dietary protection. Garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, citrus fruits, Brussels sprouts, dark green, red and yellow vegetables are also recommended for their antioxidants and sulfur compounds. Tomatoes may also lower the risk for colon cancer as well as coffee.
Supplements that you might add are beta-carotene (1,200 mg. daily) and Vitamin C and Vitamin E and the long-term use of multivitamin with folic acid (above 400 micrograms daily have been linked to a reduced risk of colon cancer. Probiotic (which can be found in yogurt and supplements) may inhibit colon cancer. After age forty when you go for regular check up, don't refuse or feel embarrassed when the Doctor will do a rectal examination. In fact remind your Doctor to do so. At age 50 plus it's a must that you have to have a colonoscopy. Screening for colon cancer is the best way to detect polyps before they turn cancerous. If colonoscopy is normal repeat at 10-year intervals. Your doctor can best decide if you need sigmoidoscopy or barium enema.
It seems there's a lot of people in Butuan who died of colon cancer and you wonder why .Hopefully, now that you have a little knowledge, you can change your life style and diet, to minimize the risk of getting colon cancer since it has no symptoms and takes over 10-15 years to develop.