Good day Abu Dhabi!!!
March is many things, International Women’s History Month, Nutrition Month, and it’s also “Colon Cancer Awareness” month. Colon Cancer is a painful killer, and has the highest occurrence in men when compared to women.
As the age old saying goes…..
Prevention is better than cure
Colon Cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, provided it’s detected early.
Let us get some insights into Colon Cancer and its prevention.
The COLON, also known as your Large Intestine, is the final section of your digestive system. The food is broken down in the stomach and the nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine and are then passed onto the large intestine. Here the water and minerals are absorbed and waste is formed, which is passed out of the body through the rectum and then anus.
Colon Cancer almost always forms from polyps or growths on the colon lining. On occasion the cancer is from abnormal cells in the colon (these are usually found in people with disease of the bowel).
With screening, these polyps can be detected before they turn into cancer and can be removed, hence preventing Colon Cancer.
The major risk factors known to cause colon cancer are:
- Family history of Colon Cancer
- Age/Gender (most common in older men)
- Inflammatory Bowel disease
- High fat diets (Red meats, processed food)
- Low fibre diets
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Excessive alcohol intake
Now that we know the risk factors, it also helps to understand the SYMPTOMS that could prompt suspicion (remember, symptoms do not always follow a pattern and vary from person to person).
- Diarrhea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
- Stools that are narrower than usual
- Frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness, or cramps
- Weight loss for no known reason
- Persistent tiredness
- Anemia of unknown origin
You want to protect your loved ones. With a few lifestyle modifications, getting timely screenings and early detection, you can continue to live your very best life ever.
Schedule your free consultation today and let our highly skilled professionals guide you on the right path to good health and long, happy life.
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