|English: Micrograph of a colorectal adenocarcinoma metastasis to a lymph node, also lymph node metastasis. H&E stain. The cancer (forming glands) is seen at the centre-top. Adipose tissue is present on the upper right. See also Image:Breast carcinoma in a lymph node.jpg - met to a lymph node in breast carcinoma. Image:Lymph node with papillary thyroid carcinoma.jpg - met to a lymph node in papillary thyroid carcinoma. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
This type of cancer is one of the most common in the country. Numerous colon cancer patients suffer from polyps, which are abnormal cells that form clusters. When normal cells begin to transform, a potential problem arises.
Over time, these growths get larger and larger and may lead to cancer development. A significant amount of patients typically have a family history with the disease. Your risk of developing colon cancer increases with age and is most common in those ages 50 and up.
There are several risk factors that can increase your odds of developing cancer. A few examples include; previous cancer diagnosis, poor diet, smoking and obesity.
|Age-standardised death rates from Colon and rectum cancers by country (per 100,000 inhabitants). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Symptoms often mimic those of other diseases. For this reason, it’s vitally important for you to seek medical attention if you experience bleeding during stool evacuations, weakness, pale complexion or abdominal expansion without weight gain, nausea, any change in bowel movements or abnormal weight loss.
Keep in mind that symptoms may vary slightly.
Symptoms may present themselves as severe or mild, it's recommended that patients be screened regularly for the presence of cancerous cells .
Any type of cancerous cell has the ability to grow and spread throughout the rest of the body. This can lead to a need for surgery, radiation therapy, or in the worst case, a cancer may become so advanced that it won't respond to treatment.
When you're seeking medical attention, it’s important to understand that there are a series of tests that can detect and diagnose colon cancer.
A physician will be able to answer any questions that you may have regarding treatment options and their likelihood of success.
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Author's Note: This article should not be construed as professional medical advice. If you, or someone that you know, is concerned about the possibility of cancer, you should seek medical attention immediately. A licensed & trained medical doctor can discuss various treatment options, prevention and ongoing therapeutics should the presence of cancer be detected. A series of tests may be conducted in order to confirm, or rule out, any such diagnosis and can only be done by a medical doctor.
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