Colon Cancer: All the General Information About Colon Cancer that You Need to Know

February 8, 2007 by  
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By Groshan Fabiola

Colon cancer is, as its name suggests, a disease that affects the colon. The colon is a tube shaped organ, located in the abdomen, that starts at the end of the bowel and ends with the anus. It twists and turns a lot, so its length is over 4 feet. The functions of the colon are to digest the food, absorb the nutrient substances from it (proteins and aminoacids), and to create the concentrated fecal material, which is then stored and eliminated from the colon when the time comes. The end of the colon is called rectum. The rectum and the colon together form the large intestine.

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Colon Cleansing

January 13, 2007 by  
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By JP Richardson

Colon cleansing is one of those dirty subjects that nobody feels like talking about. This is unfortunate, since it is a process that can truly benefit those who undergo it. If more people would be willing to get the word out, then we could see a number of health benefits that it would be responsible for. Here is some information about colon cleansing, and how exactly it can be helpful for you.

There are three main types of colon cleansing that you can do. The first is the more manual variety. This is when water is pumped through the colon and drained to clear all of the unwanted fecal matter. This is also known as an enema, and many people have a slight aversion to this method.

Another type of colon cleansing is the herbal, natural variety. This is when you change your food intake to a certain recommended diet. By taking in all of the necessary materials and ingredients, you will have a slight laxative effect and be able to cleanse your colon. This can be a pill, a dish, or any other thing that you would ingest as normal.

Oxygen-based colon cleansing is another method that is becoming much more popular as time goes on. It chemically dissolves all of the waste in the colon that is causing blockage or irregular activity. This is usually more expensive, but very quick, effective, and unobtrusive.

No matter what method you choose, the end results will be essentially the same. Your colon naturally holds a large amount of stagnant waste, and when you get done with colon cleansing treatment you will be free of all of this waste. It isn’t unheard of for someone to lose 10 to 30 pounds of waste as a result of a colon cleansing session.

But if the body naturally stores all of that waste, isn’t it meant to be there? This is not always the case. Many people suffer from bowel conditions such as diarrhea or constipation. If you maintain a healthy colon by cleansing it on a regular basis, you can get rid of many of these problems.

Do these benefits sound appealing to you? A quick cleansing of the colon can provide you with relief from so many different things, that you have almost no reason to avoid it. If you want to find supplies for some of the more popular methods of colon cleansing, you can simply look on the internet. Many different sites are devoted to bringing you the most effective methods and supplies on the market, so if you just find those sites then you will be in business.

Colon cleansing definitely isn’t for everyone. Before you commit to a certain method, you should do plenty of research. Make sure that your conditions are perfect and that it is a necessary and viable option. Don’t use it just because of some slight stomach discomfort ñ consult a doctor and see if you are experiencing something natural or whether you do have a problem that can be helped with colon cleansing.

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Aspirin May Prevent Colon Cancer in Women

January 12, 2007 by  
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By Lance Winslow

A recent study showed that taking aspirin could in fact reduce your risk of getting colon cancer. Although the study only involved data taking from a sampling of women, it appears that aspirin may possibly prevent colon cancer, or so they say? Aspirin is over 100-years old and appears to cure lots of things, yet many were shocked to learn of this latest finding, still other completely doubt the study. The study showed that people who already had polyps maybe able to prevent the onset of colon cancer thru regular use of aspirin. The researchers went on to extrapolate that it could help those without polyps from getting one in the first place.

Now several articles in major Medical Journals are showing that if you took aspirin for a decade 1-2 per week, it would reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by a large margin over those who did not take aspirin regularly. Some of the researchers in near by fields were not surprised while other totally doubted the findings as hogwash. They are saying that any anti-inflammatory drug may have done the same and would certainly help to keep removed polyps from returning, thus reduce the risk of cancer. The study indicated that 14 aspirins per week or 2 every day would reduce the chances of colon cancer by nearly one-third. Those who took even more are said to reduce colon cancer by over 50 percentiles. Of course taking that many aspirins is not good for you, over use of aspirin can cause bleeding. So although the study appears to be a wash for many belief systems of cancer researchers, the evidence is notable and very telling. All this research is helping us fight some of the more serious forms of cancer killers. Think on this and live strong.

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Prevent Colon Cancer With 5 Easy Ways

December 12, 2006 by  
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By Sandra Kim Leong

Research studies are now going on how best to prevent colon cancer as more and more people are diagnosed with this condition today. It is found that colon cancer usually starts in the large intestine, also known as colon, or the rectum. Colon cancer then develops from dead cells that have been accumulated in a lump over a period of time. The risk to getting colon cancer increases if you have a genetic medical background of parents or close relatives who have been diagnosed with colon cancer. Research also showed that that colon cancer is aggravated by unhealthy diets such as ready meals and fast food.

Hence, it is vital that you seek the advice of your doctor should you feel the discomfort of colon cancer symptoms. The symptoms to look out for include unhealthy bowel occurrence such as diarrhea, constipation or bowel infection, severe pain in abdomen, blood in the stools, narrow stools, anemia, intestinal obstruction and drastic loss of weight.

Prevention is still better than cure. So you really should consider the following 5 ways on how best to prevent colon cancer:

1. Adopt healthy habits. Colon cancer usually develops over a length of period before it actually shows. Hence you should not wait till you notice the symptoms of colon cancer before starting to adopt healthy habits. Eat healthy meals, exercise and have an adequate amount of sleep.

If your diet contains too much high fat and red meats with little fiber, you are definitely at a high risk of developing colon cancer. Fat accumulates on the walls of the intestine and rectum, forming lumps of dead cells. You should therefore adopt a balanced natural diet which includes lots of green vegetables, fruits and water.

Exercise helps by flushing out harmful toxins and waste matter which if left accumulated in your body can cause cancerous growth.

2. Know your family medical history. It appears that colon cancer is a genetic disease that is hereditary. As such, if you belong to the high risk category due to your family history, then you should take extra precautions by leading a healthy lifestyle.

3. Stop smoking. Chain smoking increases your chance to developing colon cancer. Inhaling tobacco can easily transfer carcinogen (a cancer agent) to your colon and rectum, thus resulting in colon cancer. Hence, do not hesitate to find ways to quit smoking.

4. Reduce exposure to radiation. Excessive exposure to radiation has been found to cause colon cancer. Radiation rays are harmful and can render healthy normal cells abnormal. By all means, avoid unnecessary X-rays, CT scans, mammograms so that you can best prevent colon cancer.

5. If you observe that you are experiencing symptoms like skin allergies, weak immune system, poor movement of bowels, bloating, etc, then it may be that you have too much toxins in your body. Consider colon cleansing as a way of detoxification. There are a couple of ways to perform colon cleansing. These include consuming herbs for colon cleansing and colon hydrotherapy.

Sandra Kim Leong writes on colon cleansing. Her site also includes plenty of information on detox cleansing, detox diets and liver cleansing. For free articles and tips, please visit www.detox-cleansing.com

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New Views on Weight After Cancer

June 23, 2006 by  
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Nutrition Notes: New Views on Weight After Cancer
By Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN – Weight loss used to be a great cause for worry after someone was diagnosed with cancer, but researchers now say that excessive weight gain

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Washington, D.C. – American Institute for Cancer Research – infoZine – Many people who develop a common cancer like breast or colon cancer tend to gain weight. Unfortunately, a study within the Nurses’ Health Study of more than 5,000 women showed that normal weight women who gained weight after diagnosis of their breast cancer were less likely to survive. Women who gained only a moderate amount – on average about six pounds – were 35 percent more likely to die from cancer than those who maintained their weight. Women who gained larger amounts – averaging about 17 pounds – were 64 percent more likely to die from cancer. This same study also confirmed the well-documented connection between overweight nonsmokers and a risk of breast cancer after menopause.

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Chronotherapy uses body’s clock to help fight cancer

April 2, 2006 by  
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By Julie Deardorff
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The clock was ticking for Frank Fazio. By the time his colon cancer was discovered, the disease had spread to his abdomen, spine and bones.

But instead of undergoing conventional chemotherapy, Fazio, 64, literally tried putting time on his side. Using the little-known practice of chronotherapy, the Orland Park, Ill., housing contractor received chemo drugs based on the internal rhythms of his body and his illness.

It has been four decades since Western medicine began to acknowledge the existence of the mysterious 24-hour body clock, set by proteins found throughout the body that determine whether we’re morning larks or night owls.

Although once considered entirely experimental, chronotherapy, the practice of synchronizing medical treatment with body time, is now commonly used to treat everyday health problems, including sleep disorders, high blood pressure, asthma and arthritis.

The cutting-edge use of chronotherapy is in cancer treatment, particularly colorectal cancer, the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States, behind lung cancer. Although chronotherapy is still in its infancy, some studies suggest that it can improve a drug’s effectiveness and diminish side effects and toxicity.

Both chemotherapy and chronotherapy use the same powerful and poisonous drugs to kill cancer cells, a process that inevitably damages the healthy cells. But chemotherapy usually is done in a medical setting, according to a hospital’s schedule and needs.

The promise of drug chronotherapy, which uses the same drugs but at different times, lies in its individual and precisely timed approach. Ideally, the chemo drugs reach the cancerous cells at the optimal moment for destruction: as they are dividing. And it hits the healthy cells when they are resting, which causes less damage.

“It allows for larger doses to be delivered more frequently, with higher efficacy and lower toxicity,” said pioneering chronobiologist William Hrushesky, a senior clinical investigator at the Dorn VA Medical Center in South Carolina. Chronotherapy began in Hrushesky’s lab, which originally was at the University of Minnesota.

“It’s kinder, gentler and, at the same time, more aggressive and effective,” Hrushesky said.

In addition, because patients aren’t necessarily receiving treatment at a hospital and saddled with cumbersome equipment, chronotherapy allows for some semblance of a normal life during treatment, and that’s an emotional boost that helps healing.

Equipped with a sporty fanny pack and a programmable, portable pump, chrono patients can be hooked up to a catheter in the morning and receive their treatments later in the day or during sleep.

“The infusion starts slowly and ratchets up, hour by hour,” said Dr. Keith Block, who has been using chronotherapy at the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Care in Evanston, Ill., since 1998. “It slowly increases to the middle point of the cycle, peaks, infuses most of the drug here, and then slowly ratchets back down, to no drug, where the chrono cycle is completed.”

Fazio, who was treated at the Block Center, often went for walks during chemo treatment. Other Block patients have gone in-line skating along Lake Michigan, practiced yoga or received massages as part of the center’s holistic treatment plan.

“I was very troubled by the adverse side effects and difficulty patients experience when receiving chemo,” said Block, who also directs the integrative-medicine program at the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The general practice of chronotherapy is controversial in part because most doctors are schooled on the principle of homeostasis, the belief that the body adapts to maintain balance. When we’re hungry, we eat. When we’re hot, we sweat. Medicine is taken once or twice daily (and often timed with meals to ensure compliance) because it’s thought that a steady level of an active drug is the best way to tackle a disease.

But “the body is anything but constant,” said Michael Smolensky, co-author of The Body Clock Guide to Better Health (Henry Holt, $17) and the director of the Memorial-Hermann Chronobiology Center at the University of Texas at Houston. “It may handle the same dose of the same medication in different ways at different times of the day.”

Yet chronotherapy faces philosophical, logistical and technical hurdles. In addition to Dorn in South Carolina, chronotherapy is offered only at the Block Center and at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America location in Zion, Ill.

“It’s fundamentally novel, difficult to set up and not something you can bill extra for,” said Hrushesky, who has been studying the body clock since 1976.

Chronobiologists have to consider the timing of the drugs and the cancer cells. Each drug has an ideal time when it should be given. Some research has shown that 5-fluorouracil, a drug used for cancers of the colon, breast and rectum, is best tolerated in the middle of a sleep cycle. So against colon cancer, the drug would be administered between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m., when the healthy cells are at rest and the cancer cells are most active.

Another cancer drug, oxaliplatin, has been shown to be more effective during the day.

But “for the bulk of patients, you don’t know exactly what the rhythm is and how normal it is,” said Dr. Gini Fleming, director of medical oncology, breast and gynecology at the University of Chicago.

“The sicker someone is, the less likely they will have a normal rhythm. And you don’t know which rhythm determines a person’s susceptibility to a drug effect. There could be multiple reasons why a drug works better at certain times of day,” she said.

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Earlier colon cancer screening

April 1, 2006 by  
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A recent study shows that people who drink and smoke are more likely to develop colorectal cancer at an earlier age.

Researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois looked at the records of more than 161,000 patients with colorectal cancer to determine if risk factors like alcohol and tobacco use should be considered in screening decisions.

Their findings are published in the March 27 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

The researchers looked at the relationship between alcohol and tobacco use and the age of onset of colon cancer.

They found that patients who were classified as alcohol or tobacco users developed cancer at a younger age (62.6) than nondrinkers and nonsmokers (71.3).

“We were unable to quantify the amount of alcohol and tobacco used, which is one of the limitations of our approach,” said Hemant Roy, M.D., one of the study’s authors.

“All we can state is that those who currently used tobacco and alcohol – within one year of diagnosis of colon cancer – were younger than those who never used,” he added.

The study also showed that people who had quit in the past year still developed the cancer earlier, but Roy said the magnitude of their cancer was “very modest.”

The authors suggest that those who smoke and drink should undergo screening for colorectal cancer at a younger age.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta report that colon cancer is currently the second-leading cancer killer in the United States.

The disease is treatable if caught early, and the best way to catch the cancer is with a colorectal screening.

The general recommendation is that everyone older than 50 should get screened for colon cancer regularly. According to the CDC, if this happened, colon cancer deaths could drop by one-third.

But the authors of the study maintain that physicians should recommend that people with certain risk factors begin screening for colorectal cancer at an earlier age.

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