Responding A Couple Questions About Colon Cancer
It is not something people want to talk about, but it can be a matter of life and death. So, it is time to learn a little bit about colon cancer. With March being cancer awareness month, it seems there is no better time. So, let's get to it and answer a couple questions about this disease.
Q: What is colon cancer?
A: Colon cancer is when cells begin growing uncontrollably in the colon.
Q: Can it be stopped?
A: While many people think of cancer as a death sentence, colon cancer is treatable if it is caught early on and often preventable if you are educated.
Q: If it is so easy to treat, why do so many people die from it?
A: Unfortunately most people do not have themselves regularly screened for colon cancer. Since it is in a 'sensitive' area that people do not like to talk about, they often ignore colon cancer symptoms and signs of it until things are so bad they can't keep it to themselves anymore. Often this is when they are at advanced colon cancer stages and treatment is not as effective.
Q: Who is most at risk for colon cancer?
A: Generally colon cancer is something that starts to kick in after the age of 50. So, those who are in that age range should start taking notice. Additionally, those who have a family history of this type of cancer should be screened regularly. There are also ailments that can make one more likely to develop cancer in the colon such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease. Other lifestyle issues can lead to colon cancer as well. If you do not exercise much, deal with constipation regularly or have poor dietary habits, you could well be increasing your likelihood of bowel cancer.
Q: What are some of the colon cancer symptoms?
A: Many of the signs of colon cancer are things you will not recognize as a problem relating to this type of cancer. For example, some who suffer from the disease have noted that they have abdominal pain or blood in their stool, but those symptoms could also be a number of other things. This is why it is often not diagnosed until late colon cancer stages. This is also why screening is vital to catch it before it's advanced.