Colon Cancer Treatment in PuneDr. Mangesh Mekha
Colon cancer causes, symptoms, risk factors and treatment
What is colon cancer?
Colon is the final part of your digestive tract. Colon cancer occurs in the large intestine. This type of cancer develops due to abnormal growth in the large intestine. It begins in healthy cells of the lining of the colon that is known as adenomatous polyps. With time, these polyps can develop colon cancers. There are two types of tumour i.e. cancerous an non-cancerous.
The cancerous tumour/malignant can spread to the other parts of the body by travelling through blood and lymph systems, this process is known as metastasis. This type of tumour is more harmful. Whereas a non-cancerous tumour/benign can grow but don’t necessarily spread to other parts of the body. This type of tumour is less harmful.
Causes and Risk Factors:
Actually, there is no fixed cause of cancer. It develops in healthy cells due to an error in their genetic blueprint, DNA. With time, cancer may grow to attack and destroy surrounding normal tissue.
- Older age.
- A personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps
- Inflammatory intestinal conditions
- Inherited syndromes that increase colon cancer risk
- A family history of colon cancer
- A sedentary lifestyle
Signs and symptoms of colon cancer include:
- Change in bowel habits, including diarrhea/constipation or a change in the consistency of your stool, which lasts longer than 4 weeks
- Rectal bleeding
- Abdominal discomforts, such as cramps, gas or pain
- Weakness or fatigue
- Weight loss without taking any reason
When to visit a cancer specialist
If you observe any of the symptoms which are listed above you should visit cancer specialist without hesitation. You should talk to a cancer doctor about when you should begin screening for colon cancer. Cancer specialist may recommend you more frequent or earlier screening if you have other risk factors, such as a family history of the disease.
About Dr Mangesh Mekha:
Dr Mangesh Mekha is highly experienced cancer specialist in Pune. He has treated many cancer patients. He has handled many difficult cancer cases in his life. Click here to know about the success stories of Dr. Mekha.