Health and Fitness
11/18/16 at 02:13 AM 0 Comments

Little Known Facts About Colon Cancer You Wish To Know

text size A A A
Colon Cancer


Overview of colon cancer
The large intestine is also termed as the colon. Colon cancer can be defined as the uncontrollable growth of the cells in the large intestine. Most of the colon cancer starts from the non cancerous tumors, which is also called adenomatous polyps. Is colon cancer really dangerous? To answer this question, I will be taking the help of the statistics. According to the statistics, an estimated 1,177,556 people were diagnosed with colon cancer in the United States in 2013. It also estimates that there might be 134,490 new cases of colon cancer, and 49,910 deaths from colon cancer in 2016.

Colon cancer is also the second highest cause of cancer death in North America. Is it dangerous? I guess you know the answer of this question by now. Some of the symptoms of colon cancer are weakness, rectal bleeding, unexplained weight loss, abdominal discomfort, and others.

Surprising facts about colon cancer
Now that you have the basic information about colon cancer, let's discuss about the surprising colon cancer facts. Knowing these surprising facts will not only enhance your knowledge, but it may also help in keeping you and your loved ones healthy.

1. Not only old people are prone to colon cancer
Many people assume that only old people are prone to colon cancer, and ignore the possibility of colon cancer among young people. Yes, it is true that colon cancer is more common among the older people above the age of 60. In fact, the statistics show that the possibility of colon cancer increases with the increase in your age. However, there is a possibility of colon cancer among the youths as well. The statistics revealed by the American Cancer Society shows that the colon cancer cases among youths are actually rising, and it is a serious matter of concern for them.

2. People generally overlook the symptoms of colon cancer
It is true that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related death, but it is also true that the survival rate of the patients is quite high if colon cancer is detected early. It normally takes 10 to 15 years for new polyps to form into colon cancer. This provides enough time to identify and get rid of the growths. Moreover, the better screening has contributed in lesser colon cancer rates over the past 20 years. However, only half US adults above the age of 50 follow the screening recommendations.

3. Certain population have higher prevalence of colon cancer
The American Cancer Society has found an interesting fact about premature death due to colon cancer. According to them, half of the premature deaths due to colon cancer are connected to disparities in education, geography, and race. The statistics show that the racial minorities, less educated, and those who live in the South have higher incidence of colon cancer death. Moreover, the educated white colon cancer patients experienced the lowest incidence of colon cancer death.

4. There is a connection between colon cancer and red meat consumption
You should be very careful while choosing your diet. The study shows that the higher consumption of red meat can drastically increase the possibility of developing colon cancer. The study was conducted among 478,000 men and women, and they found that the people who consumed more red meat have 33% higher probability of developing colon cancer than the people who did not consumed red meat.

5. IBD and type 2 diabetes can increase the risk of colon cancer
The person suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) or type-2 diabetes has an increased risk of colon cancer. IBD can cause chronic colon inflammation, which can form abnormal cells that can become cancerous. In case of type-2 diabetes, the condition of hyperinsulinemia can increase colon cancer risk.

6. Colon cancer can be prevented
Colon cancer can be prevented if you are conscious about your colon health. You should add plenty of green vegetables, fruits, and whole grains to your diet. Some of the best colon cleansing foods are sea weeds, peas, cabbage, cauliflower, and others. You can also try some of the top colon cleansers for detoxification of your body. It is also recommended to stay away from excessive salt and red meat consumption. If the colon cancer is detected in early stages, then it can be prevented with the help of regular screenings. Colonoscopies enable visual examinations for polyps, which can lead you to colon cancer. You should also consult with your doctor about scheduling your screening.

Conclusion
You are now aware about the less known facts about colon cancer. With this information, you can take good care of your colon health. Moreover, you can also educate the people so that they can prevent themselves from colon cancer.

References:
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/01/21/5-surprising-facts-about-colon-cancer.html
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/150496.php

CP Blogs do not necessarily reflect the views of The Christian Post. Opinions expressed are solely those of the author(s).