Who is at risk of colon cancer?
Though colon cancer affects individuals of all ages, it is important to identify those who stand a greater chance of contracting the disease. The risk is divided into categories as indicated below:
Colon cancer symptoms are only evident when cancer grows, and vary depending on the size of the tumor, the location of cancer and where it has spread. The symptoms may include weakness or fatigue, pain during bowel movement, cramps, and unexplained weight loss, among others.
Proactive measures includea diet of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, regular exercise, cutting down on red meat and saturated fat intake, among others. However, even with following a healthy lifestyle, some individuals will still develop cancer. Additional ways to protect yourself is to have regular colonoscopy, annual faecal occult blood tests, stool DNA testing, flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years and CT colonography every five years (or as recommended by a physician).
1. Colectomy - this surgical procedure gets rid of part or all of the entire colon.
2. Chemotherapy – makes use of chemicals to curtail the division of cells.
3. Radiotherapy – involves the destruction of cancer by focusing high-energy rays on cancer cells.
It may not be possible to detect cancer in the initial stages, but it is possible to prevent its further development once it has been detected.
It’s that time of year again! The holidays are beginning for many families, and the rush is on to find that perfect gift. Whether you’ve gotten all of the presents long ago, or you are still in the “research” phase, it’s a good idea to have safety a priority in addition to fun.
Getting presents for kids can be really easy, or quite tricky. You have to think about age appropriateness, trends, components, to name a few considerations. Not sure what to do? It’s okay, here are few tips.
How would you answer? When is flu season? You might have heard that it begins in December and often lasts through February. While that’s generally true, it’s also true that the beginning and end of the season are unpredictable. In fact, sometimes it can begin in the fall and continue through spring.No matter the time of year, though, no one wants to end up with the flu. Coughing, chills, body ache and fever really don’t sound pleasant, do they? So what can you do to make sure that you’re spared for one more season? Get vaccinated.
Did you know that November is Bladder Health Month ?
Bladder health isn’t something that’s talked about openly or often. Yet, it’s very important. The ultimate goal of Bladder Health Month is to help people speak more openly about it, improve their overall bladder health and raise bladder cancer awareness.
When we think about bladder health it raises the question: What important things do you need to know on this subject of bladder health? Two issues that you should be aware of are first, urinary incontinence and an overactive bladder (OAB), and what are worrisome symptoms that I should talk to my doctor about.