Friday, March 18, 2011

What is Colon Cancer?

Colorectal cancer also referred to colon cancer occurs in the colon or rectum. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.

The majority of colorectal cancers begin as benign growth in the lining of the large bowel wall called polyps. Over time (a number of years) these polyps may grow in size and number. While not every polyp may turn to cancer, experts believe that colorectal cancer typically begins as a small non-cancerous polyp. Approximately two thirds of these cancers are found in the large intestine and one third in the rectum.

Early identification and removal of these growths or polyps is the key to preventing colorectal cancer from developing. During a colonoscopy, if a polyp is large enough the tissue can be identified and removed and sent for biopsy.

 One should be aware of the following symptoms:


-gas and bloating

-constipation or diarrhea

-bloody stools or narrow stools

-nausea and vomiting

-unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite

Often times, colorectal cancer first develops with minor, if any, symptoms. However, if you are experiencing any symptoms please discuss them with your MD. It is advised to address early symptoms and not to wait till you feel discomfort or pain before seeing your physician.

In spite of its high incidence, in a majority of cases colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable with early detection.

I recently lost my Uncle after a long battle with colon cancer in Dec. 2010. My Aunt, his beloved wife also lost her battle to colon cancer in August 2006.

Ken is a precious friend who has been battling colon cancer since 2004. Alongside his family we continue to be an encouragement as he continues on his remarkable journey.

Sadly, I know that I am not alone and my story is not unique. Cancer has touched the lives of many, some directly and others indirectly.

I have always been exceedingly vocal and passionate when it comes to overall health and wellness. As a Colon Hydrotherapist advocating colon health is a natural extension of what I do.

This is Exodus Colon Health & Wellness second year promoting National Colorectal Cancer Awareness. This year I was enthused to take a step of faith and “kick it up a notch” as renowned Chef Emeril Lagasse would say; and in doing so, I have been so touched by everyone’s kindness and generosity.

Various local and national businesses have been so gracious in donating some incredible gifts for our raffle at our upcoming event “Kick Colorectal Cancer In the BUTT!” on March 24th & 25th.

I hope to see you there!

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