Have you ever needed to go to the toilet so badly, but when you are there, nothing comes out? If this happens everyday, you will be sick of going to the toilet. The cause of your constipation is from dehydration, not eating enough fruits and vegetables, and holding in the bowel movements. If we don’t stop these habits, it could lead to having chronic constipation and then being at a high risk of getting colon cancer in the future.
So what are the symptoms of colon cancer?
The symptoms of colon cancer usually begin with those small irregularities that may seem normal. However, if these symptoms are neglected, it could develop and became severe, those symptoms are:
- Irregular constipation and diarrhea
- Lost of appetite because there’s a tumor blocking the intestine
- Stools are smaller, or there might be blood within the stool, so please check your stools every time you go to the toilet.
- Constant fatigue, from losing a lot of blood in the intestine from the tumor, it could cause you to go into shock
- If you suddenly feel nauseous and vomit without a known cause, see the doctor immediately.
It is best to prevent colon cancer rather than having to treat it later, starting by eating healthy food.
1. Consume fish and seafood at least twice a week
2. Consume mushroom and bean products such as tofu and soymilk
3. Different coloured vegetables such as pumpkins, carrots, kale, gourds etc. because the minerals and vitamins in these vegetables will help reduce the risk of colon cancer as well as preventing colon cancer from returning.
4. We suggest that you eat fresh, whole berries as the level of sugar is lower than processed berries.
5. Grains are a good energy source to help your body fight cancer, because cancer causes your body to burn more energy, so it’s important to provide your body with enough energy sources it needs. The best type of grains are unrefined wholegrains.
All the foods we mentioned above are good for your health and also help your body fight colon cancer. However, there are food that you should avoid, for example, red meat; beef, lamb or processed meats such as ham, bacon and smoked meats. If you consume these types of food over a long period of time, and in large quantities, and your diet is low in fruits and vegetables you might be at a high risk of getting colon cancer. Therefore, we should start eating healthy food.
So, if you already have colon cancer, how do you deal with the disease?
If you found out that you have colon cancer, you should plan the treatment properly. However, this also depends on the condition of each patients. The most common ways of cancer treatment is surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. The doctor will examine the patient to see which treatment is the most suitable.
If you don’t have the disease yet, should you plan in advance for the treatment?
We would like to suggest that having a health plan in advance is a good thing, especially with critical diseases. This is because once you find out you have it, it might be too late. The plan includes:
- Eat healthy (the healthy food that we mentioned earlier in the article)
- Frequent health check-up and keep an eye out for any changes to your body
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