According to recent statistics published by the National Cancer Institute, colon cancer is the second most deadly cancer in France. It also ranks second in the ranking of the most common cancers among French women. Colon cancer is known for its danger, as well as its serious impact on the health and quality of life of people with it. But did you know that early diagnosis can cure this cancer more effectively and faster? Here are the 5 symptoms that should prompt you to see your doctor.
Like other types of cancer, colon cancer is usually silent in its early stages, and that is where its danger lies. For this reason, health experts continue to emphasize the importance of early diagnosis. In this article, discover the 5 most common symptoms of colon cancer.
What are the symptoms of colon cancer?
1 – Fatigue:
Persistent and unexplained fatigue is one of the most important signs that reveals the presence of colon cancer. Indeed, this fatigue is caused by the proliferation of cancer cells that attack red blood cells and iron stores, causing several dysfunctions such as anemia, or respiratory problems. Fatigue caused by colon cancer is often accompanied by a change in skin tone, tachycardia, or a feeling of dizziness.
2- Bleeding of the anus:
Although anal bleeding may be the result of many conditions that are much less dangerous than colon cancer, repeated and unexplained bleeding should prompt you to see a doctor as soon as possible. Note that many people with colon cancer have reported bleeding and have neglected it as simple hemorrhoids.
3 – Blood in the stool:
Doctors keep reminding us that stool can say a lot about our health, and they are absolutely right! Stool that contains blood can be a telltale sign of colon cancer, and many other diseases. If you notice that your stools have changed color, or that they contain blood. Do not hesitate to consult your doctor as soon as possible.
4- Diarrhea or constipation:
We have all suffered from diarrhea or constipation, you would say to me. Know that it is perfectly normal to have diarrhea or constipation from time to time. But diarrhea or constipation that lasts more than a week, and that do not result from the consumption of drugs or particular foods should prompt you to consult your doctor!
5- Abdominal pain:
Persistent and intense abdominal pain can mean the presence of colon cancer, and a host of other diseases. This is why it is strongly recommended to consult your doctor if you experience persistent and unexplained stomach pains.
How to avoid colon cancer?
“Prevention is better than cure” is our motto! If you want to avoid colon cancer, and maintain good health while improving your quality of life, follow these simple and effective guidelines:
– Adopt a healthy and balanced diet, focus on fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, and avoid foods too sweet, too fat or too salty.
– Avoid the consumption of industrial foods that contain preservatives, and chemicals that are very harmful to the body.
– Overweight greatly increases the risk of getting colon cancer. If you are overweight, consult a nutrition specialist. The latter will offer you a diet adapted to your case.
– Stop the cigarette permanently.
– Limit or ban all consumption of alcoholic beverages.
– Hydrate your body by drinking a sufficient amount of water (1.5 to 2 liters per day)
– Get enough sleep (At least 8 hours a day)
– Never stay sedentary, go out, move, and practice a regular sport activity adapted to your needs and your physical abilities.
– Fight stress by practicing relaxing activities such as yoga or meditation.
– According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Hawaii, people who consume regularly vitamin D and calcium have their risk of colon cancer decrease by 30%. Do not hesitate to increase your intake of calcium and vitamin D by eating foods such as white beans, dark chocolate, or certain types of fish such as tuna, mackerel, sardine …
– Always remember to carry out regular medical checks, even if you do not feel any dysfunction.