Colon & Rectum
How to lower your risk
Screening for colon cancer largely explains why the incidence of colon and rectal cancers have dropped. Colonoscopies and other screening tests give doctors the chance to remove polyps before they turn into tumors, a process that can take years. Despite the drop in rates, colon and rectal cancers still claim more lives than any other cancer other than lung. You have a higher risk of colon and rectum if you are over 50, your parent, brother, sister, or child had colon cancers, you had a colon polyps, inflammatory disease, ulterative colities or crohn's disease and if you smoke. Being overweight or obese is also associated with colorectal cancer, and a large belly can also increase your risk. Eating lots of raw food, juicing green drinks such as the o2living green vitality or o2living red radiance fruit and vegetable juices may lower your risk of colon cancer. Processed meats such as sausage and bacon contain nitrites that turn into carcinogens called nitrosamines. Warning signs of colon cancer are diarrhea, constipation, feeling that your bowel doesn't empty completely, narrow stools, gas pains, cramps, fatigue, weight loss and bloating are some signs of colon cancer. If you are a colon and rectum cancer survivor please tell us your story.