Colon or colorectal cancer takes place in the large intestine, which is called the colon, or in its final part, known as rectum.
It is possible that this type of cancer does not present any symptoms in its initial stages, so it is advisable to know them well and also to perform diagnostic tests if we have a greater predisposition to suffer from it for genetic reasons.
In this article we explain how you can detect the possible symptoms of this cancer so that you can treat it as early as possible.
Why should we know the symptoms?
In some countries, colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer mortality. However, the cure rates are also high as long as we receive the right diagnosis in time.
The advance to diagnose and treat properly is vital , since this type of cancer usually originates in the form of benign polyps.
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There are some factors that increase the chances of suffering from this disease, and that we must take into account both to prevent and to perform periodically the necessary tests to detect its possible appearance.
- Be over 60 years old
- Suffering colorectal polyps.
- Have chronic , such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
- Poor nutrition, with a high content of red and processed meat, harmful fats and poor in whole foods.
- Changes in evacuation habits. Suddenly the person can begin to suffer from diarrhea or constipation for no apparent reason and without changing the diet. You can also change the diameter of the stool.
To have this symptom in mind, we must note this change for several days in a row , without noticing improvement.
- The feeling of having a need to defecate that does not go away after doing it.
- Bleeding in the area of the rectum or in the stool (usually darkened, almost black). This symptom, over time, can cause anemia, which can also be an indicator that should be taken into account.
- Pain in the abdominal area in the form of colic.
- Weakness and exhaustion without being due to any particular effort.
- Loss of weight for no apparent reason.
- Personal or family background .
What should we do?
Before we become alarmed we must bear in mind that all these symptoms may also be due to other less important health issues , so it is essential to see the doctor as soon as possible, but without feeling distressed.
We should also pay more attention to any intestinal disorder if we have relatives who have suffered colorectal cancer, or we have already suffered some type of cancer before.
We can follow some simple tips that will help us reduce the risk of colorectal cancer and many other diseases, since a bowel that does not work correctly will always end up causing chronic or degenerative diseases.
Fiber is essential to prevent intestinal problems . A few decades ago they were eaten without refining and, although they were considered as poor or humble products, the reality is that they were much healthier than those processed.
The fiber is responsible for helping to clean the intestine to prevent accumulation of toxin deposits and, subsequently, these to the blood. For this reason it is essential to increase the consumption of foods rich in fiber:
- Fruits and vegetables: When they are organic we can eat them with their peeling, which is usually rich in fiber.
- Whole grains
- Nuts and seeds.
It is also important to note that, if we increase the fiber intake, we will also have to drink more water outside the meals , at least a liter and a half.
In addition, the first few days we may notice some constipation, but this will happen as soon as the intestine gets used to it. We can solve it with a natural enema.
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There are also some natural supplements that reduce the risk of colon and rectal cancer:
- Vitamin D: Essential to assimilate calcium well.
- Folic acid or vitamin B9.
Supplements should always be taken under professional supervision , especially if we have a health problem or take medication.
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