Chronic dehydration and enzyme deficiency due to a lack of whole, fresh foods in the diet are also important factors. People who are obese or over age 50 are more likely to have colon cancer, as well as those with diabetes or inflammatory bowel disease. Impaired immunity Many cancer specialists believe that the immune system effectively deals with malignant cells all the time, day in and day out. In fact, according to Patrick Quillin, PhD, and others, the average adult gets six bouts of cancer in a lifetime. Yet most people never know they have it because the immune system manages it below the level of dis-ease in the body. However, when the immune system is severely impaired due to poor diet, lack of exercise, high levels of mental or emotional stress, exposure to environmental toxins, or when other common risk factors come into play, the cancer cells can take over and begin to form a mass. Where the cancer cells accumulate and grow has much to do with the accumulation of toxins and nutrient deficient cells in the body. Tumor growth It stands to reason that cancer in the colon forms because of an unhealthy state within the large intestine. Most colon cancers are initiated as polyps or small benign growths (tumors) that may grow into malignant colon cancers over time. This process could take months, years or even decades before any symptoms may appear.Some common types of polyps include: Inflammatory polyps: often appear after colon inflammation (colitis) and may become cancerous Adenomas: are usually removed during colonoscopy but can become cancerous if undetected Hyperplastic polyps: rarely become cancerous Metastasis Many medical specialists believe that after polyps or other tumors become malignant, the cancer cells may travel through the lymph system or blood to other parts of the body. This process is called metastasis. However, some cancer specialists dont necessarily agree that cancer spreads from one localized part of the body to another. Dr.
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