Colon Cancer - A Brief Introduction
It seems nobody wants to bring up the subject of colon cancer. Maybe the negative stigma attached to word scares people but with it being a large killer across the globe more people should be talking about the topic. When it comes to cancer, colon cancer is the second largest killer and the third most common, so you can see just how deadly it is.
Part of the problem with colon cancer is that it’s undetectable. Most colon cancer starts with a simple, benign growth that if you had access could be taken out with a pair of toenail clippers. These growths usually go undetected, often for years, before they develop into malignancies. Since you can't see them, you will only know what's going on when you begin to develop the physical symptoms of cancer, such as unexplained weight change, pain, or a general feeling of sickness.
How dangerous is colon cancer? Well, in Australia, if you have stage 1 colon cancer (the less advanced of the 3 stages), you have a 93% chance of still being alive in 5 years, and a 92% chance of still being alive in 10 years. That sounds like pretty good survival rates, but keep in mind, that just means you will be breathing. Those statistics say nothing about your quality of life, your general wellbeing, or what kind of assistance you may need when it comes to tasks such as going to the bathroom.
Of course you may live a perfectly happy and healthy life. You just need to keep in mind the statistics only cover if you are still alive and don’t take into account active you are.
If you have the more advanced stage 2 colon cancer, your chances drop again. The 5 year survival rate is only 90%, and 10 year survival is 89%. Stage 3 is much worse, the 5 year survival rate is only 59%, and 56% for 10 years. As you can see, it is very important to catch colon cancer early on and begin treatment as soon as possible.
Remember, the very best treatment ever invented is prevention. Let's take a look at some of the ways you can help prevent colon cancer from affecting you. Firstly, if you are over the age of 50, you can get a head start by getting regular screenings. There may be more fun ways to spend your afternoon than in the doctor's office getting a colonoscopy, but this routine screening can uncover hidden growths that could lead to colon cancer if they were to go undetected for a long period of time.
You can also reduce your risk of colon cancer by following a strict diet and exercise program, which boosts your immune system and prevents the DNA damage that can lead to many forms of cancer. Eating a diet low in red meat, rich in antioxidants and high in fibre has been shown to reduce your risk of contracting colon cancer. Additionally, 30 minutes of vigorous exercise per day can help keep your body in tip-top shape - inside and out.
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