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Colon Cancer

Posted by on Thursday, January 23, 2014 Under: cancer

If you have a family history of colo-rectal cancer or you if you are over 50, you are one of those people who should be watching your health for colon cancer. 

Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestines, also called the bowels.

The symptoms of colon cancer are:
  • Blood in the faeces
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Change in bowel habits

There are avoidable health risk factors for colon cancer that can be eliminated these include:

  • A low fibre diet
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Diet high in saturated fat
  • Too much red meat
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Couch potato lifestyle

Persons with a history of  diseases such as ulcerative colitis have and increased risk of developing colon cancer.

There are many things that a person can do to prevent colon cancer and one of them is screening at home if you are at risk. This can be done by testing your
stool for occult blood. it is a simple test and is available online.

Apart from a healthy diet there are preventive actions that one can do, actions that can become part of one's lifestyle.

  • Regular screening for those at risk
  • Avoiding use of tobacco
  • Keeping physically active
  • Controlling alcohol consumption
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

Contact your health professional if you have symptoms of colon cancer.

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