Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is also commonly referred to as colorectal cancer as it
the cancer for both the colon and the rectum are very similar.  The
beginning stages of colon cancer are usually in the form of a polyp
which in itself is not cancerous but certain kinds are known to turn
cancerous (also known as pre-cancerous polyps).  The amount of time it
can take for a polyp to become cancerous is slowly – usually over the
course of years.  

If colon cancer starts to form in a
polyp that is found in the colon or rectum it has the ability to
metastasize through other the colon wall, blood vessels, or other parts
of the body.  There are other types of colon cancers that are diagnosed
as well (in addition to the one just described known as Aden

Other types of colon cancers:

  • Carcinoid Tumors – develop from cells in the intestine
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors – develop from the wall of the colon
  • Lymphomas – can develop in lymph nodes as well as the colon or rectum

you have noticed any change in the function of your bowels or the
presence of blood you should consult with your doctor right away.  With
careful screening for polyps, many cases of colon cancer can be
prevented or treated in an early stage of the disease.  With the
screening available now, the number of people being diagnosed and dying
is receding.  Colon cancer is the second most common type of cancer
that people die from.

To lower your risk of developing colon
cancer, ensure your diet is full of fiber-rich foods.  You should eat
the minimum serving of fresh fruit and vegetables each day and choose
whole grains whenever possible.  A healthy diet coupled with routine
physical activity and exercise are the best defense against colon