On Sakhisizwe we spoke to Professor Michael Herbst Health Specialist at Cansa(Cancer Association of South Africa) about Colorectal Cancer.
Colorectal Cancer also known as
or Rectum cancer is a small growth of tissue that starts in the lining and grows
into a centre of the colon or rectum. Early detection signs and symptoms will change
in bowel habits, including diarrhoea, constipation, rectal bleeding or blood in
the stool, persistent abdominal discomfort eg: cramps, gas or pain, a feeling
that the bowel doesn’t empty completely, weakness or unexplained weight loss. Colon
Lifestyle factors that contribute to increased risk of colorectal cancer are the way you eat: Junk food, Red meat, Alcohol, Smoking and Diet. Avoid this by limiting your alcohol intake, quite smoking, add colour in your fruit and veg’s, be active by doing exercise, taking a walk and not sitting whole day in front of a device and stick to white meat.
This is mostly common in the age group from 30-40, as 1 in 75 men will be at risk and 1 in 135 women and this does not mean children can’t be affected.
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By: Jasnine Roberts