Is Colorectal Cancer Preventable? Yes, But Only If Detected In Time! Here Are Some Ways You Can Pass A Check Up
Colorectal cancer is considered to be the third main cause of cancer-related deaths among Americans. Though it may strike without symptoms, it shouldn't be left untreated.
If you notice the warning signs, or at least minor symptoms of colorectal cancer, you should immediately see the doctor.
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This type of cancer derives from the inner lining of the colon, while tumors may arise from the inner lining of the rectum.
Though colorectal cancer is quite often a silent tumor, it's preventable if detected in time.
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The main symptoms of colon cancer are as follows:
- abdominal discomfort;
- unexplained weight loss;
- a regular change in bowel habits;
- blood in or on the stool.
The symptoms of colorectal cancer develop slowly, until the tumors reach a considerably large size. For this reason, you should see a doctor, and it doesn't really matter if any cancer-related symptoms become the bane of your existence.
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Seeing the doctor is essential for evaluating the risks for colorectal cancer. Thus, you should schedule an appointment and go through a number of medical tests. To do everything properly, here's a short-list of the most effective tests.
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Stool DNA. This test detects the changes that may happen in the genes of colon cancer cells. It's very effective, as it can find tumors before the first symptoms make themselves felt.
Virtual colonoscopy. This is a complicated X-ray test done with the help of a computer tomography scanner. It may be less invasive and more time-efficient compared to other tests. If this test detects any type of polyp, you'll need an additional, standard colonoscopy.
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Standard colonoscopy. This test investigates the entire rectum and colon. During the session, polyps get removed and sent for additional testing.
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Sigmoidoscopy. This test examines the rectum and the lower part of the colon. It detects cancer, polyps, and other concerns in the rectum and colon. During the investigation, a tissue sample gets removed and sent for expanded testing.
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In addition, you should know about the risk factors associated with colorectal cancer.
Age. Let's face the truth: while anyone can get this type of cancer, it affects people over the age of 50 most commonly.
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Lifestyle. We're all held liable for our habits, which are a direct function of our lifestyle.
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For this reason, people who eat a lot of processed food or red meats, smoke, have low physical activity and any type of abuse face higher risks of developing colorectal cancer than others.
Medical history. Obese people, or those who have inherited conditions (familial non-polyposis or hereditary adenomatous polyposis), are more inclined to develop colorectal cancer.
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Now you know the risk factors and the warning signs of colon cancer, make sure you see the doctor before it takes a swipe.
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