Colon Cancer Symptoms And Signs In Women
Cancer that affects the gastrointestinal tract can hit anywhere in the digestive tract, starting with the esophagus and then going to the gallbladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and lastly, the rectum.
While we primarily think of asbestos as a carcinogen that attacks the lungs with cancers such as mesothelioma, it can actually cause gastrointestinal cancer as well. This is because asbestos can be ingested as well as inhaled. This happens when a person gets asbestos fibers in his or her mouth through exposure to things such as asbestos dust. The fibers can become caught in the saliva, which are then swallowed and passed into the digestive tract.
The problem with asbestos fibers, whether ingested or inhaled, is that our bodies cannot break them down. When they lodge into our systems, they are stuck there. Our bodies are forced to create nodules of extra tissue around the fibers, which can cause scarring that can turn into cancerous tumors. Additionally, these fibers are microscopic in scope, which means that you may not know that you are ingesting them.
Sadly, the widespread use of asbestos during the 20th century meant that many people were exposed to the material before it was mostly banned in the late 1980s. While asbestos is not very susceptible to biodegradation, age and friction can both lead to the wearing down of the object containing the carcinogen, which leads to the release of fibers. For example, asbestos is often a part of brake pads. However, as we use our brakes, the friction from stopping the car leads to the breakdown of asbestos. When the pads are changed, it can release clouds of asbestos into the air.
Asbestos from the air can be ingested, resulting in gastrointestinal cancers. This is a broad spectrum of cancer that gains about 250,000 new cases per year in the United States alone. Some common types of gastrointestinal cancers include:
Colorectal – the third most common cancer overall in both men and women
Stomach – also known as gastric
Extrahepatic bile duct
When doctors operate to remove gastrointestinal cancerous tumors, it can remove parts of your body that are necessary to keep you alive. You may have to live on special intravenous liquid nutrition or have special reconstruction surgery to keep you functioning as normally as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
what are signs and symptoms of colon cancer?
my right lower side where small and large intestines meet has been hurting for six months. dr. thought it was my endometriosis and took my female organs out. I am still in the same pain.
go and get a colon check-mine was covered complewtely by my insurance. I lost Mom to rthis-they told her she had an ulcer for 8 months! She had digestive problems (including embarrassing gas) and aching.
What are the signs and symptoms of colorectal (colon) cancer?
blood in the stool, thin looking stools, constipation, or both constipation and some diarrhea (if there is a tumor that has got big and is mostly blocking it) abdominal pain
What could be the signs of pancreatic cancer if there are no symptoms?
As we know, this killer disease has no symptoms and only diagnose when it’s too late. What could be done to avoid this or what to do to find out if you are not getting this? Does it start by having stomach aches or similar to indigestion or colon cancer symptoms?
Pancreatic cancer, primarily ductal adenocarcinoma, accounts for an estimated 37,000 cases and 33,000 deaths in the US annually. Symptoms include weight loss, abdominal pain, and jaundice. Diagnosis is by CT. Treatment is surgical resection and adjuvant chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Prognosis is poor because disease is often advanced at the time of diagnosis. (Merck)
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. The disease is slightly more common in men than in women, and risk increases with age.
The cause is unknown, but it is more common in smokers and in obese individuals. Almost a third of cases of pancreatic cancer are due to cigarette smoking. There is controversy as to whether type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer. A small number of cases are known to be related to syndromes that are passed down through families.
Although there’s no proven way to prevent pancreatic cancer, you can take steps to reduce your risk, including:
* Quit smoking. If you smoke, quit. Talk to your doctor about ways to help you quit, including support groups, medications and nicotine replacement therapy. If you don’t smoke, don’t start.
* Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk of pancreatic cancer. If you need to lose weight, aim for a slow, steady weight loss — 1 or 2 pounds (0.5 or 1 kilogram) a week. Combine daily exercise with a plant-focused diet with smaller portions to help you lose weight.
* Exercise regularly. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise on most days. If you’re not used to exercising, start out slowly and work up to your goal.
* Eat a healthy diet. A diet full of colorful fruits and vegetables and whole grains is good for you, and may help reduce your risk of cancer.
Does anybody know if green stool could be a sign of colon cancer?
Today when I went to the bathroom, my stool was greenish. It almost looked like it had green moss growing on it. Does anybody know if this is a sign of colon cancer? I’ve had other colon cancer symptoms as well lately and I have a doctors appointment scheduled for July 6th.
I’ve never heard of green stool being a symptom of colon cancer, but I am just curious.
You wouldn’t have happened to maybe eat some green veggies in the last few days? No, it’s not a sign of cancer. What would your other symptoms happen to be?