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Alternative Colon Cancer Treatment

Although its survival statistics are often optimistic, a diagnosis of colon cancer can be quite upsetting. If you or a loved one has colon cancer, EuroMed wants to improve those odds and keep you feeling your best throughout the treatment process. Here, learn more about your condition as well as our alternative treatments for colon cancer.

What Is Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer refers to the development of a tumor, or uncontrolled growth, in the colon. The colon is a digestive organ that removes water from the food we eat. In general, colon cancer originates from small growths called polyps. Although polyps are not always precancerous, they are typically removed during colonoscopy to prevent the development of cancer.

Several different types of tumors can develop in the colon. By far the most common type of colon cancer is adenocarcinoma. In rarer cases, colon cancer may be a carcinoid tumor, a stromal tumor, a sarcoma, or even a lymphoma.

Causes & Risk Factors

Colon cancer is an extremely well-researched condition, and its risk factors are varied. Some, such as your diet, are controllable. Others, such as your age, are not. The most common risk factors for colon cancer include the following:

  • Obesity: The relationship between obesity and colon cancer tends to be stronger in male patients, but obese women are also at risk. Physical inactivity and a diet high in processed meats can raise your risk, too.
  • Smoking and excessive drinking: These habits are linked to the development of many medical conditions, including colon cancer.
  • Age: Colon cancer is most common in people over 50.
  • Family history or genetic conditions: Heredity seems to play a large role in colon cancer. If a member of your immediate family has had colon cancer or certain types of polyps, your risk may be elevated. Additionally, people with genetic conditions such as Lynch syndrome are often more susceptible to developing colon and other types of cancer.

Common Symptoms

Colon cancer does not always cause immediate symptoms. Sometimes, it’s only detected through routine colonoscopy. However, when it does cause symptoms, they may include the following:

  • Bloody or dark-colored stool
  • Abdominal discomfort, such as cramping
  • Any change in your normal bowel habits that doesn’t go away

Keep in mind that these symptoms are not exclusive to colon cancer and are often caused by other conditions. However, if you notice any changes that persist for more than a week, it’s a good idea to visit your doctor.

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