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How Can You Get Colon Cancer?

Postby Aelfdene » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:29 pm

Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine (colon), the lower part of your digestive system. Rectal cancer is cancer of the last several inches of the colon. Together, they're often referred to as colorectal cancers.


Factors that may increase your risk of colon cancer include:

-Older age. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are older than 50. Colon cancer can occur in younger people, but it occurs much less frequently.


-African-American race. African-Americans have a greater risk of colon cancer than do people of other races.


-A personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps. If you've already had colon cancer or adenomatous polyps, you have a greater risk of colon cancer in the future.


-Inflammatory intestinal conditions. Long-standing inflammatory diseases of the colon, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, can increase your risk of colon cancer.


-Inherited syndromes that increase colon cancer risk. Genetic syndromes passed through generations of your family can increase your risk of colon cancer. These syndromes include familial adenomatous polyposis and hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer, which is also known as Lynch syndrome.


-Family history of colon cancer and colon polyps. You're more likely to develop colon cancer if you have a parent, sibling or child with the disease. If more than one family member has colon cancer or rectal cancer, your risk is even greater. In some cases, this connection may not be hereditary or genetic. Instead, cancers within the same family may result from shared exposure to an environmental carcinogen or from diet or lifestyle factors.


-Low-fiber, high-fat diet. Colon cancer and rectal cancer may be associated with a diet low in fiber and high in fat and calories. Research in this area has had mixed results. Some studies have found an increased risk of colon cancer in people who eat diets high in red meat and processed meats.


-A sedentary lifestyle. If you're inactive, you're more likely to develop colon cancer. Getting regular physical activity may reduce your risk of colon cancer.


-Diabetes. People with diabetes and insulin resistance may have an increased risk of colon cancer.


-Obesity. People who are obese have an increased risk of colon cancer and an increased risk of dying of colon cancer when compared with people considered normal weight.


-Smoking. People who smoke cigarettes may have an increased risk of colon cancer.


-Alcohol. Heavy use of alcohol may increase your risk of colon cancer.


Radiation therapy for cancer. Radiation therapy directed at the abdomen to treat previous cancers may increase the risk of colon cancer. -
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Postby Clemmy » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:31 pm

Colon, or colorectal, cancer is cancer that starts in the large intestine or the rectum . Other types of cancer can affect the colon. These include lymphoma, carcinoid tumors, melanoma, and sarcomas. These are rare. In this article, colon cancer refers to colon carcinoma only. Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Early diagnosis, though, can often lead to a complete cure. Almost all colon cancers start in glands in the lining of the colon and rectum. When doctors talk about colorectal cancer, this is usually what they are talking about. There is no single cause of colon cancer. Nearly all colon cancers begin as noncancerous polyps, which slowly develop into cancer.
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Postby Caster » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:34 pm

Colon cancers are more likely to occur in people with sedentary lifestyles, obese people, and those who smoke tobacco.
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Postby Erhard » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:36 pm

Anyone can get it.
We have no family history and a family member eats very healthy food and she got colon cancer.
The best you can do is try to eat well and take care of yourself.
You can only control so much.
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Postby Colwyn » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:38 pm

It has not been proven that cancer is genetic, no it has not!

I have known ppl. that have developed cancer and one one in the family or any generation before them has had it.

It all depends on your life style and also, we are all born with this gene. It either acts up or stays dormant
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Postby putnam » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:43 pm

Firstly cancer is hereditory,it runs in the family.if you have a family member with cancer u are highly at risk.secondly cancer has a lot to do with lifestyle,especially colon cancer because what you eat really counts,consuming alcohol and smoking can cause cancer.there are other unknown reasons for the cause of cancer as well,where even the most healthiest person can get it.everybody has cancer cells in their blood but what triggers the growth of it varies and is quite mysterious.
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Postby Lathan » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:44 pm

Cancer can be hereditary. My dad died from colon cancer at 52, about 3 days later we found out his uncle died from colon cancer at 53. (We didn't know because he lived in a different country)
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Postby Travion » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:47 pm

No one knows what causes cancer.
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