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Colon Cancer Causes and Prevention

Causes of Colon Cancer:
  • In general, diabetics are up to 40% more likely to develop colon cancer than people who don’t have diabetes. Because insulin dependency contributes to colon cancer development.
  • The biggest risk factor is age. Colon cancer is rare in those under 40 years. The rate of colorectal cancer detection begins to increase after age 40. Most colorectal cancer is diagnosed in those over 60 years.
  • Have a mother, father, sister, or brother who developed colorectal cancer. When more than one family member has had colorectal cancer, the risk to other members may be three–to–four times higher of developing the disease. This higher risk may be due to an inherited gene.
  • Long–term cigarette smoking & Alcohol intake causes colon cancer.
  • Obesity also increases colon cancer risk.
  • Your personal medical history can significantly impact your chances of developing colorectal cancer.
  • Diets high in fat and cholesterol have been found to cause colon cancer. Low & fiber diets have also been associated with increased risk. So avoid a diet high in fat and low in fiber.
Prevention of Colon Cancer:
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Avoid diets high in fat, protein, calories, and red meat.
  • Visit a doctor if you have any colon cancer symptoms. Which include symptoms like fatigue, anemia and weight loss, bleeding in the stool.
  • The use of nonsteroidal anti–inflammatory medications (such as aspirin) may decrease the risk of colon cancer.
  • Eat foods rich in fiber. Dietary fiber is thought to protect against colon cancer because fiber-rich food is digested faster. Therefore undigested food remains in the colon for a shorter period of time.
  • Quit smoking.

  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Colon cancer genetic testing is a blood test that can tell you whether you have genes that can cause colon cancer.
Screening tests (such as a rectal examination, proctoscopy, and colonoscopy) may be done regularly in patients who are at higher risk to get cancer. These tests may be done in patients who are over the age of 50, who have a family history of cancer of the colon, rectum, or of the female organs, who have had small non–cancerous growths (polyps) in the colon, or who have a history of ulcerative colitis (ulcers in the lining of the large intestines). A doctor may order these tests to look for cancer if there is a change in bowel habits or if there is any bleeding from the rectum.


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