Cancer is one of the most feared diseases in the world. It claims victims by the millions and people who have them generally are not feeling well about themselves. There are plenty of types of cancer and some of them are more common than others.
One type of cancer- colon cancer– is actually something that is not really too common, but it can be so dangerous that your living conditions can be severely hampered.
I want you to tell the story of John. He is a relatively healthy fellow. He’s 28 years old and always exercises to make sure that he’s healthy.
For a while, John has been complaining about severe muscle cramps, so his gym trainer thought that he was only just dehydrated. He was advised to drink copious amounts of water, but that didn’t alleviate the symptoms and the pain that he feels at all.
So, he was asked to eat healthy foods that contain a lot of fruits and vegetables. His trainer also added plenty of foods that are rich in fiber as well. But, those things really didn’t improve his condition either.
That is when I had to intervene and check his status. I suspect that his problem is in his colon, so I conducted a colonoscopy– a medical procedure where a long tube with a light source at the tip is inserted along with a camera to help investigate the colon of a person.
It turns out that John had been suffering from colon cancer- a tumor that is the size of a huge golf ball!
In my early years of practice, I really didn’t think that people below 50 years of age would contract colon cancer. But, recent surveys suggest otherwise. You could say that lifestyle factors and a genetic predisposition to the condition could be the likely culprits, but this is actually quite alarming.
That being said, I am not going to tell you to get stem cell treatments just yet. However, if you do suffer from symptoms that couldn’t be alleviated using over-the-counter medications, then you will need to be screened because that could be a sign of something that is far worse.
So, how will you know if you have colon or colorectal cancer? Well, that depends, but usually symptoms may include unexplained weight loss, the presence of blood in the stools, a huge change in bowel habits, and incredible amounts of abdominal pain.
Keep in mind that colon cancer is quite rare, but it is something that you should be worried about. Usually, this type of cancer will not manifest itself in its later stages, which is why this is quite dangerous.
Cancer that is only seen in its latter stages could potentially be fatal and the chances of you surviving it will be slim.
Still, if you’ve experienced any of the symptoms above, go to your physician and ask for a colonoscopy. I hope that if you have any of these symptoms that you do not be stubborn. Go have yourself checked.