Colon cancer is a preventable and curable disease. Learn how you can reduce your risk of colon cancer the natural way.
Colon cancer is the cancer that affects the large intestine (colon), which is the lower part of the body’s digestive system. It is the third-most commonly diagnosed cancer as well as the second leading cause of death in men and women combined in the United States. In most cases, colon cancer begins in people as small, benign (non cancerous) clumps of cells that are known as adenomatous polyps. As time passes, some of these polyps turn into colon cancers. The removal of the polyps can prevent this disease from affecting you. However, these polyps and early colon cancer often have little to no symptoms, and thus it is quite difficult to detect the disease early. For this reason, doctors recommend regular screening tests so that they can prevent colon cancer by identifying the polyps before they turn cancerous.
The usual signs and symptoms of colon cancer include a change in your normal bowel habits (such as diarrhea or constipation), blood in your stool, change in the consistency of your stool, a feeling that you can’t empty your bowel completely, constant abdominal pain or discomfort, fatigue, and unexplained weight loss. In a majority of the cases, the cause of colon cancer is not clear. However, there are certain risk factors that can contribute to increasing the chances of developing colon cancer. These risk factors include older age (usually over 50, although in rare cases, younger people are affected), genetic syndromes, a history of colon cancer in the immediate family, already existing chronic inflammatory diseases of the colon, a sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle, heavy consumption of alcohol, and smoking. Moreover, if you have undergone radiation therapy that is directed at your abdomen to treat some previous cancer, it puts you at a higher risk of developing colon cancer.
The good news is that colon cancer is a type of cancer that is preventable and highly curable. Knowing your risk factors, going for regular screening, and talking to your doctor about the most suitable way for you to get specific screening done are some of the steps that you can take to prevent developing this disease. In addition, some lifestyle changes and natural therapies that you can incorporate in your daily life are also considered to be helpful in the prevention of colon cancer. Here are some such home remedies that can be effective in reducing your risk of colon cancer.
Green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, making it a powerful antioxidant that can help you prevent the formation of the cancer cells. As compared to the usual black or Oolong teas, studies have found green tea to be more effective in killing cancer cells without harming the tissues. This is due to the fact that the beneficial elements of green tea are not damaged when the tea is processed. Research has shown that regular green tea drinkers were able to successfully fight the initial stage colon tumors in their bodies. More than 57 percent of the people who drank green tea on a regular basis were found to be free from colon cancer that was detected in its early stages. Drink at least two cups of organic green tea every day to prevent any cancer cells from spreading in your body.
White tea has also been found to be significantly effective in preventing colon cancer, according to some studies. An animal study published in 2001 found that drinking white tea may help stall the growth of aberrant crypts in your body, which is a precursor to colon cancer. White tea features the same types of antioxidants as green tea, but in larger quantities. These antioxidants have many other health benefits as well.
Ginseng tea is another herbal home remedy that has shown efficacy in reducing the growth of colon cancer cells, killing those cells in larger numbers, and it also act as a powerful antioxidant to protect you from developing cancer. Ginseng root is available in the form of a tea, and has been traditionally used as a herbal medicine to treat a number of health conditions.
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