Colon cancer – causes, side effects and treatments at NaturalPedia.com

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Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is a cancer that begins either in the large intestine or the rectum. It is the third most common type of cancer and the second leading cancer killer in the U.S. next to lung cancer. Colon cancer develops when the cells lining the colon or the rectum become abnormal and grow out of control. The exact cause of this cancer remains unknown. The risk factors for developing this type of cancer include a family history of colon or rectal cancer, diet, alcohol consumption, smoking, and inflammatory bowel disease.

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Known symptoms of colon cancer

Colon cancer has three main symptoms: persistent blood in the stools that happens for unknown reasons or is linked to a change in bowel habit; a persistent change in bowel habit, meaning going more often with looser stools; and constant lower abdominal pain, bloating, or discomfort that is always caused by eating, and may be linked to appetite loss or sudden weight loss. However, these symptoms are subtle and common. Other symptoms of colon cancer include diarrhea or constipation, pain during bowel movements, frequent urges to defecate, weakness and fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, and iron deficiency.

Body systems harmed by colon cancer

The main body systems harmed by colon cancer include the digestive and excretory systems as it affects the colon and/or the rectum.

Food items or nutrients that may prevent colon cancer

According to an entry published on the website OrganicFacts.net, the foods that can help prevent or treat colon cancer naturally include ginseng, green tea, garlic, flaxseed oil, salmon, blueberries, spinach, olive oil, and turmeric. In an article published on the website GreenMedInfo.com, the food and nutrients that can help treat colon cancer are resveratrol, curcumin, lycopene, and grapeseed extract.

Treatments, management plans for colon cancer

The treatment options for colon cancer include surgery and chemotherapy. On the other hand, the cancer can be managed by eating the right, healthy diet, exercising to maintain a healthy weight, giving up or refraining from cigarette smoking, and limiting or avoiding consumption of alcohol.

Where to learn more

Summary

Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is a cancer that starts either in the large intestine or the rectum.

Colon cancer causes persistent blood in the stools, persistent change in bowel habit, and frequent lower abdominal pain, bloating, or discomfort caused by eating.

Colon cancer also causes sudden weight loss, loss of appetite, diarrhea or constipation, pain during bowel movements, frequent urges to defecate, weakness and fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, and iron deficiency.

Colon cancer mainly harms the digestive and excretory systems.

The foods and nutrients that can help prevent colon cancer include ginseng, green tea, garlic, flaxseed oil, salmon, blueberries, spinach, olive oil, resveratrol, curcumin, lycopene, and grapeseed extract.

Colon cancer can be treated by surgery or chemotherapy.

Sources include:

CDC.gov

My.CleavelandClinic.org

NHS.uk

MedicalNewsToday.com

MedlinePlus.gov

OrganicFacts.net

GreenMedInfo.com

EMedicine.Medscape.com

CureJoy.com



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