Miskawaan Integrative Cancer Care

Colon Cancer

Diagnosis of colon cancer has steadily dropped among people older than 55 and risen among those younger than 55, highlighting the importance of taking early action.

Understanding
Colon Cancer

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The colon makes up approximately the first five feet of the large intestine. Small growths known as polyps can develop in the tissue that lines the inside of the colon and becomes cancerous.

As they grow, cancerous polyps make their way toward the outer layers of the colon, eventually reaching blood vessels and lymph nodes.

Frequent polyp screenings allow doctors to monitor and treat suspicious growths before they become colon cancer.

Colon Cancer Statistics

Colon cancer trends have been mostly positive in recent years. Early detection rates and five-year survival rates are up while overall diagnoses are down. Other relevant statistics include:
  • 8.2% of all new cancer cases are colon cancer
  • Men are 20% more likely than women to be diagnosed
  • The colon cancer mortality rate has dropped 2-3% per year since 2002

Colon Cancer Causes

There are several risk factors for colon cancer, most of which can be minimized by lifestyle changes. The most common causes include:

  • Too much red meat or processed meat
  • Obesity and lack of exercise
  • Too much tobacco or alcohol

Colon Cancer Symptoms

Screening tests should find polyps before they become large enough to result in noticeable symptoms. When outward signs of colon cancer do show themselves they can take the form of:
  • Stool containing blood
  • Constant abdominal pain or an inability to fully empty bowels
  • Inexplicable weight loss

Colon Cancer Diagnosis

Diagnosing colon cancer requires either an exploratory test (such as a colonoscopy), a medical scan (such as an ultrasound), or a stool analysis. Regular screenings are recommended for anyone who is 50 or older; and younger for anyone with a family history of colon cancer. 

If doctors identify a pre-malignant polyp or a tumor, surgery or additional tests will be necessary to determine whether or not the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

Colon Cancer Treatment

Depending on how advanced a case is, proponents of traditional medicine will prescribe surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or a combination of those options. 

However, lifestyle adjustments and detox programs are especially important when treating colon cancer. Personalized diet plans, exercise regimens, and oxygen therapy increase the efficacy of traditional medicine.

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