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Colorectal Cancer (Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment): Tribute To Chadwick Boseman

10 months ago | Health Tips

The world lost a gem to colon cancer, and I am still in awe of Chadwick’s level of strength. Shooting 10+ movies in the space of four years, while battling stage IV cancer is no small feat - a true superhero!

So what exactly is colon cancer?

Colorectal cancer is cancer (malignant growth or tumour) that starts in the colon (at the end of the large intestine) or rectum (at the end of the colon)


What are the symptoms?

  • Changes in stool colour

  • Diarrhoea and/or constipation

  • Changes in stool shape (i.e narrowed stool)

  • Blood in stool

  • Excessive gas

  • Bleeding from the rectum

  • Abdominal cramps

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Stage 3 or 4 symptoms (late symptoms)

  • Excessive fatigue

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Weakness

  • Vomiting

  • A feeling your bowels aren’t completely empty

  • Jaundice

  • Swelling in hands & feet

  • Breathing difficulty

  • Chronic headaches

  • Blurred vision

  • Bone fractures

If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment here to get a colorectal screening.


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What causes colorectal cancer?

Research is still ongoing as to what causes colorectal cancer. It may be caused by a genetic mutation, or by inheritance. Some mutations lead to the accumulation of abnormal cells in the lining of the colon, forming small growths called polyps. These growths can be removed through surgery but can become cancerous if left untreated.

How is it diagnosed?

  • Faecal testing

  • Blood testing

  • Xray

  • Colonoscopy

  • CT scan

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What are the treatment options?

  • Surgery

  • Chemotherapy

  • Radiation

  • Other medications


Can Colon Cancer be prevented?

Certain risk factors such as genetics, family history or age can’t be prevented. However, some lifestyle habits that contribute to colorectal cancer may be preventable, such as:

  • Exercising daily

  • Decreasing the amount of red meat and processed meat

  • Decreasing stress

  • Reduce alcohol consumption and quit smoking

  • Decreasing fat, and eating more plant-based foods.

  • Get regular colonoscopy done.


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