However, there is a high chance of survival for those who receive an early diagnosis. Even though it is the second-most lethal cancer in the US, there are measures to prevent it.
The only way to reduce your risk is to do it. This is because many people don’t exhibit symptoms in the beginning.
How Does It Begin?
Colon cancer begins in small, non-cancerous cell groupings. We refer to them as polyps when describing them. These polyps have the potential to develop into cancer over time. Cancer often shows symptoms when it is further advanced. Among the warning signs are:
- Bleeding from the rectum or blood in the stools
- Anemia, weakness, or exhaustion
- Abnormalities in bowel habits that are not explained, such as constipation, diarrhea, or the impression that the bowels are not emptying fully
- Generalized discomfort in the abdomen, such as gas pains, bloating, or cramps
- Loss of weight without cause
The best method of cancer screening is a colonoscopy, though there are other options as well. However, the colon must be empty before the surgery. It’s a good thing that the procedure has gotten simpler and doesn’t require as much liquid laxative.
A virtual colonoscopy technique is also available. A CT scan is used to provide photos of your colon in three dimensions. Patients do not need to be sedated, unlike with a normal colonoscopy. However, they will only receive minor radiation exposure.
A 71-Year-Old Actress Died of Colon Cancer
Kirstie Alley, a 71-year-old actress passed away on Monday at her Clearwater, Florida, home following a brief fight with colon cancer, which she had only recently found.
Devout Scientologist Alley was undergoing care at Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center. Colon cancer is referred to as a silent killer since symptoms typically don’t show up until a patient has run out of alternatives.
Only one-third of individuals receive their diagnosis when their cancer is still 90% treatable in stage one. What stage Alley’s cancer had reached is unknown. John Travolta pays tribute to the actress.
On Monday night, when her family provided the tragic news of her passing, fellow Scientologist John Travolta offered condolences to the actress on social media.