Also known as bowel cancer or colon cancer, colorectal cancer is cancer of the large intestine and rectum. Colon cancer takes a long time to develop, findings say between 5 and ten years. It grows by starting in the lining of the bowel walls. These small growths may become cancerous and then grow into the muscle layers of the lining and through the bowel wall. This growth can then lead to spreading into secondary cancers in the body. There are three primary treatments for colon cancer and then various supporting treatments depending on your initial diagnosis.
Despite the fact that colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the USA, it is considered as a very preventable disease, provided people with risk factors such as older age (60 years or older), a positive family history, and the presence of a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, are regularly monitored. If you feel you are at high risk, talk to a medical professional who will guide you through the routine testing you might need to treat or to detect a precancerous lesion. In addition to regular medical assessments, incorporating a high fiber content and prebiotics to your diet has been demonstrated to promote a healthy gut lining in parallel to maintaining a healthy gut flora which is a major player in the prevention of cancer genes expression.
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