Bowel Cancer: Prevention And How To Spot The Symptoms

Eat Chocolate (Maybe) The Daily Mail reported on a study in mice, published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, showing that rats exposed to a carcinogen developed fewer colon cancer lesions than rats if they consumed high-cocoa diets. “Being exposed to different poisons in the diet like toxins, mutagens and procarcinogens, the intestinal mucus is very susceptible to pathologies,” study researcher Maria Angeles Martin Arribas, a researcher at the Institute of Food Science and Technology and Nutrition, said in a statement. “Foods like cocoa, which is rich in polyphenols, seems to play an important role in protecting against disease.” However, it’s important to note that this effect was tested only on mice. Consume Ginger Root Research published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research showed that taking 2 grams of ginger root supplement every day might have colon cancer-preventing powers. The researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School found that taking ginger root supplements helped to minimize signs of inflammation of the colon, which has been connected to colon cancer. Go To A Classical Music-Loving Doctor A study from the University of Texas Health Science Center showed that doctors who conduct colonoscopies while listening to Mozart are more likely to find polyps, which can lead to colon cancer, ABC News reported. The study showed that polyp-detection increased to 36.7 percent from 27.16 percent when the doctors listened to Mozart. Exercise Regularly A study in the journal Cancer Causes & Control showed that people who exercise or play sports five or more times a week can lower their risk of developing colorectal cancer, compared with those who don’t exercise regularly (or at all), Johns Hopkins University reported.

Why exercise might reduce colon cancer risk isn’t well understood. It may be because exercise enhances the immune system or because it reduces levels of insulin and insulin-like growth factors, all of which have been associated with colon cancer risk.

Eat Your Veggies A number of studies have linked the consumption of cruciferous vegetables with a decreased risk of colorectal cancer, Oregon State University reported, though the effect may depend on a person’s genetic risk. In particular, a study published in 2000 in the American Journal of Epidemiology, showed that people who ate the most cruciferous veggies in a day (about 58 grams per day, on average) had a lower risk of colon cancer compared with people who ate the fewest cruciferous veggies in a day (about 11 grams per day, on average), Oregon State University reported. Enjoy Some Berries (Maybe) A study in mice showed that compounds called anthocyanins, found in black raspberries, seem to have powers at anti-colorectal cancer powers, MyHealthNewsDaily reported. The berries may help to prevent cancer because of their “high antioxidant activity,” study researcher Gary Stoner, of the College of Medicine at Ohio State University, told MyHealthNewsDaily; those antioxidants work to fight against DNA-damaging free radicals in the body. How to Reduce Your Risk of Colorectal Cancer The Doctors and USA Weekend share tips for reducing your risk of colorectal cancer.

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This time she scheduled me for a colonoscopy , and I was found to have stage 4 colon cancer . I had surgery and 9 months of Folfiri. Was this comment helpful? I had four blood transfusions. Then I developed an ulcer with severe knifing abdominal pain and was experiencing constipation . Finally, blood showed up in one of my bowel movements. I was too weak to call my doctor. I had always checked my stools because I’m from a family of three generations of colon cancer survivors. I left the stool in the toilet overnight and the blood diffused into the water. That’s when I called my doctor.AI was diagnosed with high stage 2a cancer that had not metastasized. I was told the cancer had been in me for about a year. I had two large tumors located on both sides of the transverse and lost my entire large colon, but I have no colostomy bag. I wasn’t heavy to begin with, I left the hospital at 98 lbs.


Bowel cancer treatment: reduce the risks

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Bowel cancer treatment: reduce the risks Bowel cancer (also known as colorectal cancer ) is the second largest cause of cancer deaths in the UK. It’s also one of the most difficult to talk about – but if diagnosed early it can be cured. Here’s how you can reduce the risk of getting it. This article on the prevention, symptomsand treatment of bowel cancer is written by Sarah Dawson , a freelance journalist who writes for national and international newspapers, magazines and websites. For many of us talking about anything to do with the bowels can be a very delicate matter. However, according to the Department of Health, bowel cancer affects more than one in 20 people, which is reason enough to overcome the embarrassment. The bowel is a long muscular tube that starts at the end of the stomach and extends all the way to the anus. Bowel Cancer (also known as colorectal cancer ) is cancer of the colon or rectum, arising from the cells that line the bowel. Most bowel cancers occur in the large intestine (the colon) with around 20 per cent occurring in the rectum. Cancer develops when one of the cells in the colon develops a series of changes – or mutations – in genes which control how the cell divides and survives. This causes the cell to split and form a clump of malignant (cancerous) cells. Bowel cancer affects men and women and is most common in people aged over 55, though younger people can still be at risk. In the UK, the NHS report bowel cancer to be the third most common cancer in men, and the second most common cancer in women. There are various lifestyle factors which can make you more at risk of bowel cancer, for example, not getting any physical exercise and eating an unhealthy diet high in fat and low in vegetables. But people who have suffered with an inflammatory bowel disease like Crohns or ulcerative colitis, or who have had previous polyps removed are also considered high risk. Unfortunately, having a family history of bowel cancer also places you in the higher risk category, but the earlier the cancer is diagnosed the greater the chance of cure. Prevention is better than cure It’s thought that 90 per cent of bowel cancer cases are due to dietary factors with the remaining 10 per cent being down to genetic/inherited factors so it goes without saying that paying good attention to what you eat and how you live your life is an essential form of preventative medicine. Studies indicate that people who eat lots of high-fibre foods have a low risk of bowel cancer. This is because dietary fibre (roughage) helps bulk the motions and speeds the passage of waste through the digestive system.Vegetable fibre is believed to be more protective than cereal fibre so make sure you include green vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts and cauliflower in your meals as these veggies have chemicals which are thought to be very protective against cancer. Eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables helps the colon empty itself frequently and easily and the health department’s “five a day” programme recommends five portions of fresh fruit and vegetables per day, whether fresh, frozen, canned or dried. One portion is a large piece of fruit, like an apple or banana, or three heaped tablespoons of vegetables, one glass of fruit or vegetable juice and beans and pulses (baked beans or lentils). Avoid eating an excessive amount of calories to prevent becoming overweight. A diet low in animal and dairy fats will help reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer so quit the fry-up’s, cut back on fat-drenched foods like chocolate, biscuits and cakes and reduce your alcohol intake. A high intake of red meat is also not advisable. Drinking lots of fluids like herbal teas and water is recommended to lower your chances of bowel cancer because water assists the transit of waste products through the colon and keeps motions soft. Aim for two to three litres each day and minimise your Espressos, Cappucinos and teas as much as possible as caffeine ultimately has a negative effect on the body. Taking regular exercise to keep fit and healthy is important for good bowel health, and just 20 minutes of moderate daily exercise helps to ease the passage of waste through the system. Finally, learn to become familiar with your bowel habits so that you notice if/when any changes occur.

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