Colon cancer spotted by blood test

Colon Cancer and Polyps: What You Need to Know

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I drank loads of liquids and made it through. I also wore a ‘sea band’ to prevent upset stomach. I’m a relatively small person of 130 lbs. The worse part for me was the polop removal , 3 in my case which were pre-cancerous. This test is something I have to have again in 2 years. Yippie. But its worth it. June 11, 2013 at 06:50 | Report abuse | myreply Does this also help anyone with a family history of colon cancer? Early detection and prevention are the best, including a diet with lots of fiber, fresh foods, and low consumption of flesh food/meat. Daily exercise is a must too! June 9, 2013 at 09:37 | Report abuse | Reply karen Both my mom and her brother had colon cancer, and survived. They both had stage 1. Read my comment.

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Over the past 10 years, more than 600,000 people have succumbed to this highly preventable and treatable cancer, and over 1.5 million have been diagnosed. Colon cancer, sometimes referred to as colorectal cancer, usually starts as slow-growing precancerous polyps, a term used to describe bumps on the surface of the colon. Virtually all colon cancers begin with these growths. When found early, colon cancer is approximately 90% treatable. Colon cancer risk factors The lifetime risk for developing colon cancer is 1-in-18 and over 90% of these cases occur after the age 50. Increasing age, a family history of colon polyps, colon cancer or other early cancers can double or triple your risk for developing this disease. If any of these risk factors run in your family, you need to start the discussion about screening at age 40 or even earlier depending on when your family members were diagnosed. Persons with ulcerative colitis , Crohns disease or a personal history of cancer are also at increased risk for colon cancer and need to tailor regular, more frequent colonoscopies. Studies also indicate that diet and smoking may increase the risk of developing colon polyps and colon cancer. While family history and other risk factors matter, not having risk factors does not eliminate your need for screenings. What polyps tell us As we age, about 1-in-4 of us develop polyps in our colon and about 10% of these polyps eventually turn from a benign growth into colon cancer. For the most part, these polyps take about 10 years to transform into colon cancer. Polyps and early colon cancers often have no symptoms and can be detected only by screening exams. How can colon cancer best be prevented? There are several effective ways to reduce your colon cancer risk, but none more important than getting timely screenings and removing polyps before they become malignant. Refraining from smoking, maintaining healthy weight and regular exercise, managing normal body levels of nutrients, especially vitamin D also appear to lower risk factors.

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