Colon Cancer – Causes
What triggers colon cancer? As with any cancer, the causes of colorectal cancer are manifold. We know that at the level of the gland cells in the intestinal mucosa a derailment takes place, which can not stop the body’s own defense. The degenerate cells multiply unchecked.
There are several factors that influence the development of colorectal cancer. For example, nicotine may be a cause of such a disease.
IS COLON CANCER HERITABLE?
It has been well researched that certain risk factors favor colon cancer. In addition to the age, which is always a cancer risk, they include smoking, alcohol consumption, obesity and physical inactivity. A connection with stress is not proven so far. What is certain, however, is that certain pre-existing conditions contribute to an increased risk of colon cancer. Also, colon cancer in a first-degree relatives increases the risk. Is colon cancer heritable? This can rarely be proven in individual cases.
COLORECTAL CANCER CAUSES AND DEVELOPMENT
Having a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of colon cancer. Equally important is medical cancer screening. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives because the precursors of colorectal cancer (polyps in the intestine) and early colorectal cancer are very easy to treat.
Every year, from the age of 50 years, take the possibility of a quick test for occult blood (not visible to the eye) in the stool (Hämoccult test).
Have a colonoscopy done at the age of 55 years.
Avoid overweight and a low-fiber and high-fat diet. Pay attention to a high fiber content (30 grams of fiber daily).
PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WITH INCREASED RISK OF CANCER
There are two inflammatory bowel diseases that increase the risk of colorectal cancer. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammation of the colon. Crohn’s disease is called inflammatory bowel inflammation, which usually affects the last part of the small intestine.
Intestinal polyps are more common in familial polyposis. Intestinal polyps are a precursor to colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer in a first-degree relative is not a pre-existing condition, but it increases your personal risk of colorectal cancer. Let us advise you and carry out cancer screening more closely.