Colon Cancer Affects Men and Women Equally
Most cases of colon cancer begin as small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells called adenomatous polyps. If these precancerous polyps are not removed they can progress to cancerous tumors. Cancerous tumors that develop in the colon or rectum may then spread to other parts of the body. Cancer of the colon and rectum (colorectal cancer) is a malignant tumor arising from the inner wall of the large intestine. Signs and symptoms of colon cancer may include changes in bowel habits, blood in your stool, persistent cramping, gas or abdominal pain. Since colon cancer can grow for years without causing any symptoms, it’s best to get regular colon cancer screenings.
Almost all men and women age 50 and older should have a colon cancer screening. Screening tests can help prevent colorectal cancer by finding pre-cancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. For individuals with no family history of colorectal cancer, screening tests should begin at age 50. The preferred approach is a screening colonoscopy every 10 years. One alternate strategy consists of an annual stool test for blood and a flexible sigmoidoscopic exam every 3 to 5 years.
Special screening programs are used for those with a family history of colorectal cancer. Colonoscopic surveillance (also called screening colonoscopy) needs to be performed at more frequent intervals for individuals at high risk for colon cancer (for instance, those with a personal history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps; family history of colorectal cancer; non-hereditary polyposis; colorectal cancer; or a pre-disposing condition such as inflammatory bowel disease). Since your genes cannot be changed, if there is a family history of colon polyps or cancer, a colonoscopy should be performed to remove the polyps before they become malignant.
In the field of prevention, researchers are looking at the effects of curcumin (found in curry), resveratrol (found in red wine), ginger and the Mediterranean diet on the growth and development of colon cancer cells. Recent research suggests that a high fiber, low-fat diet plays a role in prevention. It remains to be proven how great a role these lifestyle changes can make, so how great a role it plays is unclear. Although the exact cause of colorectal cancer is not known, it is possible to prevent many colon cancers through diet and exercise. It is important to manage the risk factors you can control, such as diet and exercise.
A detox program in most cases includes a shift in diet, improved nutrition, removing toxins, returning the desired flora in your internal system, maintaining a balanced pH level in the body and improving the overall mind and body relationship. Diet seems to play an important role in preventing the development of colon cancer. Diets high in fat and low in fruits and vegetables, such as those that include red meat, fried foods and high-fat dairy products, may increase the risk of colorectal cancer.
A body cleanse diet is a diet that aims to clean and remove harmful toxins from the body. A well known detox diet is the increasingly popular lemon detox diet. The lemon detox diet incorporates a number of ingredients and requires you to consume a drink containing these ingredients once every morning. You then drink water with a bit of lemon juice throughout the day. Generally, a healthy and safe detox diet will not require you to starve yourself. It should contain highly nutritious food that can help to boost your metabolism.
While you are doing a colon cleanse, make sure you are getting plenty of sleep and exercise. Exercise is believed to reduce the risk of colon cancer as well. Light exercise is also a good way of getting the blood circulating in your body. Gentle, no-impact exercise is both safe and beneficial for people of all ages. There are tons of exercise programs and plans out there. Simply walking for at least 12-15 minutes a day is beneficial to colon function.
Detoxification is an efficient process of removing toxins from the body. The body’s natural detoxification system has simply not evolved to deal with all the chemicals and other additives in the highly processed foods that are common today. With the increase of toxins within the environment and the foods we eat, it is not surprising that the majority of people are at a level of toxicity that is past the point that the body’s own natural detoxification system can cope. Detoxification can help avoid serious problems and keep you feeling better, both mentally and physically. Detoxification kits may be bought from health food stores, or a qualified practitioner or natural physician can recommend detox products.
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