Woman and Colon Cancer
Colon Cancer, often called
the "silent killer" ranks as the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It affects
both men and women equally and kills more people annually than either breast cancer or prostate cancer. But there is
still a huge misconception that this is an “old mans disease”. Wake up ladies, its not just
your grandpas disease anymore. Did you know that
colon cancer is now the third most common cause of cancer deaths in women; it will claim the lives of nearly 25,000 American
women this year. Colon cancer is also 90% preventable with proper
screening. Why is colon cancer called “the silent killer”? Because the most common symptom is no symptom
There are many reasons women don’t get checked for this particular
disease. One reason is lack of awareness. We woman get our breast and Gynecological exams regularly, because those tests are
strictly for us, and our family Doctors always make sure they remind us of those. But what about the colon, its our sewer
system. Shouldn’t we make every effort to confirm all is clear in there? Woman also tend to get constipated more than
men, through the years, we have just learned to “hold it” until we get home. That can harm
us in the end. A dirty, toxic, congested colon is the perfect place for worms, parasites and tumors to
hang out in and cause disease. Other risk factors for colon cancer are: Age (over 50), sedentary lifestyle,
high fat or low fiber diet, family history of polyps or colon cancer, diabetes, and the one I like the best…. NO FACTOR
AT ALL, hence the “silent killer name”. I personally had absolutely none of the factors above, and was still struck
with Stage 3 Colon Cancer at age 32.
Colon cancer deaths could be nearly eliminated if
most people, men and women, learn the basics, and take action to prevent it. Unfortunately, as recent
government studies show, less than 40% of people who should be screened have been screened. Prevention of colon cancer
and other digestive disorders starts with YOU. It requires that you take an active role in your own health.
Top 10 Colon Cancer Prevention Tips:
Doctor communication. See your doctor
if you experience colon cancer symptoms. Don’t ignore it like I did.
2. Age. If you're 50 or older, schedule a screening. (Colonoscopy)
Food. Eat a balanced diet. High-fiber diets have shown a protective effect.
Weight Management. Maintain a healthy
weight. Studies indicate that extra fat in the waist increases colon
5. Get Moving. Research indicates that exercising
can reduce colon cancer risks by as much as 40%
6. Consider Genetics. Colon Cancer Is hereditary, so ask your family members about
it, even if it’s embarrassing.
7. Don’t get stuck. Constipation is a sign that something is not working right;
don’t ignore your colon just because it ignores you.
Don’t smoke. Yes, it's a risk factor for colon cancer too. Smoking increases your risk for two main reasons.
First, inhaled or swallowed tobacco smoke transports carcinogens to the colon. Second, tobacco use appears to increase polyp
9. Red meats. Limit your intake of processed and red meats.
10. Vitamins. Talk to your local vitamin store and get the scoop on what vitamins
could help lower your risk for colon cancer.
my advice as a Colon Cancer Survivor; it’s much easier to get screened for it now than to go through major surgery,
have parts of your colon removed, and Chemotherapy later. And I believe I’m Alive and Well to pay this advice forward.