Symptoms, conditions and causes

What are the early signs of colon cancer?

These indicators do not necessarily mean you have colon cancer, but they are important clues that could help in the early detection of this disease.

Risk factors associated with colon cancer:

• Smoking

• Drinking

• Unhealthy diet

• Obesity

• H. pylori infection

Red meat has also been associated with colon cancer. However, recent studies have found no direct correlation between red meat and cancer and that the quality of meat consumed, such as grass-fed versus grain-fed, can make a difference. Genetics play a role in colon cancer but only account for about five percent of cases. Lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise can have a much greater impact on gene expression through epigenetics.

Six early indicators of colon cancer:

• Blood in the stool

• Anemia without a known cause

• Thin stools

• Worsening constipation

• Abdominal pain

• Sudden weight loss or loss of appetite

If you experience any of these symptoms, it's important to consult with your doctor for further testing and evaluation.

But what can you do to potentially avoid colon cancer? Here are a few tips:

• Limit the use of antibiotics, but if you must take them, also take a good probiotic.

• Try intermittent fasting or prolonged fasting to give your colon a break and allow it to heal.

• Incorporate cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, and cabbage into your diet for their anti-inflammatory and probiotic properties.

• Stay physically active to strengthen your mitochondria and decrease cancer risk.

• Add spices such as garlic, thyme, and sage to your meals for their anti-cancer properties.

• Avoid foods that cause inflammation in the gut, such as gluten, grains, seed oils, and junk food.

Last updated: Mar 18, 2024 17:24 PM