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Colon Cancer Info.

Colon Cancer Info.

 

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In 2002, when I was told I had stage 3 colon cancer, all I could think of at that time was,

"Wow, if I need to have ChemoTherapy, I'm ganna lose all my hair."

It didn't cross my mind until much later that maybe I should have been thinking, "Wow, I could die". 

But I didn't, I wasn't going to go there. 

Cancer is just a name, stage 3 was just a level, and both of them underestimated a mother's will to stay alive and raise her kids!

Cancer is not an automatic death sentence. So I'm here to tell everyone who has ever been told they have cancer,

YOU DON'T HAVE TO KEEP IT! 

You may have been diagnosed with cancer, but as far as I'm concerned, we are stronger than it!!

Fight this diagnosis with all you have. Don't be pitiful, be powerful!!!

Don't just sit at home and wither away. That is a death sentence....

Research, Research, then Research some more until you find the cure.

Don't Ever Give Up......Stay Alive And Well!!

Your children will thank you for fighting....Mine did....

 

 

 

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LETS GO OVER THE KEY FACTS ABOUT COLON CANCER

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“Colon Cancer”
   Colon cancer is a common type of (cancer) in which there is uncontrolled growth of the cells that line the inside of the colon or rectum. Colon cancer is also called colorectal cancer.
     Cancer growths occur when some cells in the body begin to multiply in an uncontrolled manner. The body's natural defenses, such as certain parts of the immune system, cannot stop uncontrolled cell division. These abnormal cells become greater and greater in number. In some types of cancer, including colon cancer, the uncontrolled cell growth forms a mass, also called a Tumor. Tumors always start off as a polyp. A polyp is an abnormal growth of tissue projecting from a mucous membrane. It is attached to the surface by a narrow elongated stalk. Polyps are commonly found in the colon, stomach, nose, uterus and bladder. They may also occur elsewhere in the body where mucous membranes exist like the cervix and small intestine.
    Some tumors are benign, which means that they are not cancerous. Cancerous or malignant tumors grow out of control and can invade, and destroy normal cells near the tumor.
In some cases, cancer cells spread to other areas of the body, like the liver and   kidneys.
 
All cancers come in stages, the higher the stage, the worse it can be.  
                                                                                     
Stage 1 colon cancer involves more than just the inner lining of the colon. A polyp has progressed to a tumor, and extends into the wall of the colon or rectum.
   Treatment can include surgery to remove the section of the colon that is cancerous. This type of surgery is called a resection. The healthy, non-cancerous sections of the colon are reconnected again. The five-year survival rate is 95 percent.

Stage 2 colon cancer is when the cancer has spread beyond the colon to the tissue that surrounds the colon but has not spread to lymph nodes. Cancer spreading in this manner from one part of the body to another is called metastasis.
 A resection surgery may also be used to treat this stage of cancer. The 5-year survival rate drops dramatically to 60 percent.

Cancer that has spread outside the colon and on to the lymph nodes in the area surrounding the colon is known as Stage 3. In this stage, the cancer has not spread to other organs in the body, but treatment is more aggressive.
Surgical resection of the colon, chemotherapy, and other medical therapies may be necessary. The five-year survival rate is 35 to 60 percent.

In stage 4, the cancer has spread to other organs in the body such as the lungs or liver. This is progressed cancer. 
In addition to a surgical resection and chemotherapy, radiation treatments and surgery to remove other affected parts of the body may be necessary.  At this stage, there is only a 3 percent chance of reaching the five-year survival time.
 

The American Cancer Society Reports:
—106,100 new cases of colon cancer were diagnosed in 2009
—49,920 deaths from colon cancer occur each year
—Colon cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in this country

 
Risk factors for colon cancer include:
•Age:  After 50, Men and Women Share Nearly The Same Risk.
•Personal Family History of Colon Cancer or Polyps
•Having a Pre-Determined Bowel Disease
•Smoking
•Obesity
•Heavy Alcohol Use
•Type 2 Diabetes
•A Diet With High Amounts of Red Meat Being Consumed 

 
To reduce the risk of getting colon cancer, a person can: 
*Go to a doctor if you have any colon cancer symptoms
*If you're 50 or older, schedule a colon cancer screening
*Eat a balanced diet with a minimum of 35 grams of fiber daily
*Maintain a healthy weight
* Maintain an active lifestyle
*Learn your family medical history
*Don't smoke.
*Lower your red meat intake

Symptoms of colon cancer can include:
*A change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation     

*A change in the consistency of your stool for more than 2 weeks                                                                                         

*Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool                                   

*Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain          

*A feeling that your bowel doesn't empty completely             

*Weakness or fatigue                                                         

*Unexplained weight loss


     Many people with colon cancer experience no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. This is why colon cancer is called “The silent killer”.
When symptoms appear, they'll likely vary, depending on the cancer's size and location in your large intestine.
     





Can Colorectal Polyps and Cancer Be Found Early?

Colorectal Cancer Screening

Screening, or testing, is done while you are feeling well – to detect, or find, any abnormalities early, before signs and symptoms of disease occur. Screening for colorectal cancer allows for the early detection of cancer when it is highly curable, as well as the detection of growths, or polyps that could become pre-cancer. These polyps may be removed, preventing the development of cancer altogether. There are several tests used to screen for colorectal cancer:


Fecal occult blood test.
Fecal immunochemical test.
Flexible sigmoidoscopy.
Colonoscopy.
Barium enema with air contrast.
Virtual colonoscopy.



The video below shows the use of Colon Hydrotherapy for Colonoscopy preparation.

This is a great modality to aid Gastroenterologists  for preparing a patient for a colonoscopy.

This method is considered easier and more comfortable than traditional methods involving several types of laxatives.

At Alive and Well Colon Care, we will never advise you to  neglect your doctors orders for traditional cleansing medications, but.. adding colon hydrotherapy treatments to your

clean out process, can give your Doctor a more optimal view during your colonoscopy.  

 

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FAQs
Colonoscopy Preparation E-mail
Intestinal Exam Preparation

The important thing to remember about the intestinal exam preparation is that having an empty bowel makes for a comfortable and successful experience. 

If your colonics are complete with eliminations of the entire large intestine (this can be determined by your therapist) you should be well prepared for the exam.  If you are not having complete eliminations by the second session we suggest that you reschedule your exam and do a series of colonics to both improve your intestinal health and better prepare you for the exam. 

Use the following schedule to prepare your bowel for examination:

Colon Hydrotherapy Session 1 is 7 days prior to exam.
Colon Hydrotherapy Session 2 is 3 days prior to exam.
Colon Hydrotherapy Session 3 is the afternoon/evening prior to the exam.

Diet should be as follows:

Eat a fruit, steamed vegetable, and/or liquid diet 4 days prior to the exam.  Foods that leave residue in the body such as meat, cheese, and refined carbohydrates (bread, crackers, pasta, etc) should be eliminated at this time.

Post Exam:

Schedule an abdominal massage to address tensions from the examination.  Often people will experience cramping or discomfort in the bowel area after these exams from the increased activity.  

**NOTE

If your colonics are complete with eliminations of the entire large intestine (this can be determined by your therapist) you should have minimal cramping upon taking colonoscopy preparation formulas from you  and be well prepared for the exam. If you are not having complete eliminations by the second session we suggest that you reschedule your exam and do a series of colonics to both improve your intestinal wellness and better prepare you for the exam.