Colon Cancer Facts

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What is colon cancer?

   Colon cancer starts from pre-cancerous growths (polyps) in the colon 

What are the risk factors for colon cancer?

Smoking

Obesity

Processed food/meat

What we know about colon cancer

Our risk of colon cancer increases at the age of 50 

The incidence has increased 2.1% every year since 1992

Studies have recently shown the increase in incidence in both men and women under the age of 50

Is there any thing I can do to preventive colon cancer?

 Possibly aspirin 81mg daily (but there are risks involved in starting aspirin for prevention purposes, speak with your doctor first)  

What are the symptoms of colon cancer?

Colon cancer is usually Asymptomatic

Symptoms usually define the later stages of cancer

Symptoms can include:

Rectal bleeding

Change in bowel habits (constipation or diarrhea)

Weight loss

Abdominal pain