Colon Cancer Essay

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Brenda Sanchez Intro to Human Disease Abstract Colon Cancer The disease I've decided to discuss is colon cancer it’s the 3rd most commonly diagnosed cancer, and 2nd leading cause of cancer death for men and women in the United States. It is a subject that my family is a bit familiar with since my grandmother passed from colon cancer. Let me begin with what colon cancer is, it is cancer in the large intestine or rectum. Cancerous cells tend to divide out of control or order, if cells continue to divide tumors occur. Most all colon cancers begin as noncancerous (benign) polyps, then they slowly develop into cancer. The actual cause for colon cancer is unknown at this time. There are certainly risk factors with colon cancer some being people over 50 years or older they must get routine check ups also high fat diets, low fiber, history of benign growth, heredity if a family member has had colon cancer you might want to start screening sooner than 50 years old, diabetes, smoking and many more can be a leading cause to cancer. Often times colon cancer doesn't have signs and symptoms associated with the disease so it tends to be too late when the actual disease is diagnosed. Some symptoms are diarrhea, constipation, blood in stool, abdominal pain, weight loss all things that we wouldn't most likely attribute to colon cancer because they also occur in less serious health conditions. Men and women beginning at age 50 are at average risk of colon or rectal cancer or if they’ve had other types of cancers However there are many screening and ways to try and figure out if one has colon cancer. One is yearly fecal blood test, colonoscopy's every 10 years, flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years which is a procedure to look inside the rectum and sigmoid (lower) colon for polyps, x-rays, CT

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