Bowel Cancer and Isolation.

Does Having Cancer Isolate You? Fortunately, not all people, when they are diagnosed with cancer, suffer from isolation. The sad fact is some do. We’ll get to what that means in a few moments. Most of us have our family around us and friends that show concern for our welfare. In fact, this is an important part of the recovery for a lot of patients.

Chemotherapy is sometimes quite debilitating and help and support is often needed for the simplest of tasks. Cancer in itself can leave you feeling very tired and unable to cope with everyday tasks, so that support is essential and is important in many ways. Physically, emotionally and maybe even financially. However, for some the isolation comes in a different way. Friends don’t seem to call. Relatives are not always around when you need them. Even spouses can find it hard to talk about cancer and what it involves. This is the kind of isolation I am talking about.

In one of my stories the woman writing it used to have lunch three or four times a week with the same group of friends. When she told one of them she was sick and had cancer the woman’s only reply was, ‘it was going to be a nuisance having to find someone to replace her at the lunch table to make up the numbers.’ Needless to say the lady with cancer was shocked at her so called friend’s attitude.

In another story a woman’s best friend failed to visit her when she was in hospital and stayed away for six weeks after her operation. They had known each other since their school days and it deeply hurt her. There are many reasons why people behave this way. I’m not sure it’s because they don’t care but more to do with people feeling they don’t know what to say or even what to do. Maybe they don’t want to be faced with their own mortality. If a friend can get cancer so can they. Is that too hard to handle for some people?

People who get cancer are usually quite absorbed with their condition. You can hardly blame them. We are mostly conditioned to believe if we get cancer that’s it. It’s all over. Of course, this isn’t true but it’s frightening and the condition can take over someone’s life so that too much focus is on the condition they have. When this happens it can be hard for others to hear. Close friends and relatives should be able understand this and help in any way they can but some might feel overwhelmed, not knowing what to say or how behave. It’s then easier to not visit or avoid talking to the cancer patient as a way of coping. I’ve read a number of posts on forums where cancer sufferers have said they were isolated in this way and they felt hurt and resentful. This is understandable given they are the ones with the cancer but what can you do about these situations? We are all suffering if a loved one has this disease but we need to be there for them at their time of need even if its uncomfortable for us.

Bladder Infections

The following article deals with the symptoms of infections in the bladder as well as its corresponding common treatment solutions.

Symptoms of A Bladder Infection

Since most bladder Infections are caused by bacteria, it’s easy to find and treat the same. One of the earlier signs of the infection is mild and consistent pains and frequent urination.  When a person has the tendency to urinate often and experiences pain while urinating, it’s better to get medical advice. Such infections may also be combined with mild fever and vomiting in some extreme cases. Urinary infections particularly in the elderly can lead to confusion and if not treated it can be life threatening.

 

The colour of urine and any foul smell in it is a major indicator that can bring to light that an infection might be starting or has already started in the bladder. Many infected people may experience severe cold and extreme pain in the lower back. Do not ignore such indicators as they are the early warning signs of the disease.
When a person experiences any of the symptoms mentioned above, it’s essential to get the advice of a doctor. Self medication can never be a permanent solution to such diseases and it may also make the case even more serious. Also, it’s not necessary to conclude that such symptoms will only mean that its a bladder infection as similar signs are prevalent and it could also be indicative of a  tumor in the  bladder.
Women can be severly effected by bladder and urine infections and do seem to get this problem more frequently than men possibly because of their anatomy and everything being in close proximity.

Treatment:

Bladder infections per se are not very dangerous and so early detection and proper treatment should be sought to get rid of the problem. Doctors prescribe antibiotics to tackle these bacteria generally speaking. The dosage ranges between 4 to seven days and it’s longer for men.  The doctors analyze the history of the patient and their current health condition before prescribing any particular antibiotic.  In addition to such antibiotics, some doctors may also prescribe certain drugs to overcome the fever, cold and other such associated illnesses.  Many patients who suffer from severe burning sensation may also be given some ointments which are then applied in the urinary and genital region.
Besides medications doctors’ often advise the patients to take foods that are rich in Vitamin A C and E.

The last but the most essential and effective curer of this disease is Water. It’s the most natural form of antidote that is available free of cost. Water has to be consumed in large quantities either in its natural form or in the form of juices and other drinks. This keeps the infections at bay and also helps in keeping the body fit and fine. Drinking water when there is a bladder or urine infection means that the bacteria can be “flushed through” more quickly and speeds up recovery time.

Prostate Treatment Causes And Symptoms

A prostate gland in men secretes a nourishing fluid for the sperm. This gland is located around the urethra, the tube that allows the urine to pass from the bladder. If there is an enlargement of prostate, it will press on the urethra cause it to narrow down. This will cause trouble while urinating. This condition is very common in men above the age of 60. To reduce this condition prostate treatment needs to be taken.

Causes of Enlarged Prostate

The walnut sized prostate gland is placed between the pubic bone and rectum, around the urethra. In the earlier stage of enlargement, the muscles of the bladder become thick. This forces the urine to go through the narrow urethra by more powerful contractions. This may further lead to the sensitisation of bladder muscles, causing frequent urination and sudden urination. This enlargement occurs as the number of cells in the prostate increase. This condition is also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (bph). Though the correct reason for this increase in the number of cells is not known, many factors are known to influence the high number of cells. Some of them are androgens, oestrogens, cell signalling pathways and growth factors.
As the condition worsens, the urethra is squeezed more and the bladder will lose the ability to compensate. This blockage may also cause infections in the urinary tract, which might lead to kidney infections and damage and other problems like stones in the bladder. Urinary retention or inability to urinate might also occur which is termed as a medical emergency.

Symptoms of Enlarged Prostate

Though there are not many distinct symptoms of enlarge prostate, some of the common ones might be the following
System of slow urination

Frequent urination
Difficulty in starting the process of urination
If you feel that the bladder has been incompletely emptied
Straining during urination
Frequently waking up in the night to urinate
Urgency to urinate
Intermittent urination
Dribbling of urine
Blood in the urine

Prostate Treatment

As the condition of enlarged prostate worsens, you will start to experience fever, chills, vomiting and nausea. Lower back pain and blood in the urine indicate a worse condition, when doctor’s consultation becomes necessary. These symptoms should not be neglected and immediate care should be sought. In cases of urinary retention, emergency care should be availed. Regular checks for prostate enlargement are necessary for men over the age of 50, even without any noticeable symptoms.
Once your doctor has diagnosed the problem, it might take more tests and exams to confirm the complexity of the condition. If you are not showing any major complications, the doctor may not suggest immediate prostate treatment. In case of severe symptoms, there is availability of surgical and medical treatments.
The most common indicator is frequent runs to the bathroom during the night. Consult a doctor and have regular checks to control the condition. as the condition may not be avoided completely, knowledge about the symptoms and treatment will give you a better chance to identify and seek help at the right time.

Do Colon Cleansers Work?

Are you aware that your colon can contain up to 10 pounds of impacted, putrefied, undigested food? This encrusted fecal matter gets trapped and caked around the insides of your colon / large bowel. The poisonous toxins from this sludge get reabsorbed into your bloodstream (especially if you do not drink enough water) and are distributed around your body. Your body will then have to work very hard in trying to eliminate them – this is definitely not good for your heath, this is often why people who are overloaded with toxins feel drained and sluggish especially after eating a meal. As your body is working extra hard all the time, this will result in other areas of your body getting deprived of the proper energy flow it needs.

Do you suffer from acne, bad breath, bloating, allergies, poor memory, protruding gut, low sex drive, low energy, general malaise, headaches, constipation, diarrhea and other digestive problems? Your body is probably overwhelmed with toxins resulting from a poor diet coupled with poor elimination.
The problem is that even if you change your diet now and take up some exercise you won’t actually achieve any benefits and probably will only feel marginally better. This is because the colon (the body’s’ sewage system) is already clogged up and impacted with waste. Most illnesses are caused by unhealthy colons. Flu, colds, arthritis, hay fever, digestive problems, diabetes type 2 and some cancers are all examples of conditions caused by excessive amounts of poor-quality, high-fat, chemical -laden foods and poor elimination. Food can stay in your colon for days, weeks, months and even years if you do not eliminate effectively.

Which Colon Cleansing Is The Most Efficient?

Colon cleansing is the process of removing impacted, fecal waste from the colon, this cleansing allows for better absorption of vital vitamins and minerals needed to sustain life, and lets your colon ‘breathe’ again. It can be a safe and valuable process for eliminating toxins from the body and restoring and improving muscular activity in the colon.
We all know that a robust and well-functioning colon is paramount to maintaining the best possible health. An impacted, weak, poorly functioning colon, is a dangerous breeding ground for sickness and disease in the future so invest in your health today. Unfortunately, the health of our colon/ bowel tends to get neglected in this modern day world; we seem to ram anything down our necks with little thought to what it actually contains, and don’t forget all the chemicals and artificial sweeteners that are added to our food on a daily basis.
There are a lot of choices in colon cleansing products, and it can be overwhelming with hundreds of products available. An effective colon cleansing product should as a bare minimum be able to:

1. Cleanse your colon of harmful, impacted wastes and toxins and

2. Promote improved digestion and absorption and a better overall quality of eliminations.

An effective colon cleansing product should be able to strengthen your immune system in conjunction with promoting improved nutrient assimilation which will, in turn, boost energy levels.

Here are some other ways to  help maintain a healthy colon/ large bowel if you don’t fancy a colon cleanse.

o Eating smaller meals more regularly- grazing is better than gorging!
o Eat for what you are about to do, not for what you have done.
o Use the KISS, keep it simple stupid. Don’t mix too many different types of food on one plate and try and aim for an alkaline balance rather than acidic
o Chew your food slowly and keep your mouth closed while eating, to avoid air getting into your digestive system
o Buy in season and buy local. By buying your fruit and veg from your local farm shops and farmers’ markets, you will always get nutrient-rich fresh food whilst at the same time contributing to the survival of organic farming in your own country.
o Sip room temperature water and don’t go for icy water.
o Avoid carbonated drinks if you feel bloated and gassy.
o Avoid the use of  artificial sweeteners – you can use honey or stevia as natural alternatives.
o You know whole grains are better for you. Rice, oats, barley, etc. are much better for you than white bread and pasta, and they contain more fiber which helps clean up your digestive system. Get natural grains rather than tinned and soak overnight. Err on the side of undercooking than making them a mush.
o Beans and pulses (baked beans/sweetcorn/peas etc.) have a high fiber content. They are a precious addition to your diet but they can cause gas so introduce them slowly to your diet and again natural and soaked overnight is the optimum approach.
o Keep hydrated – drink lots of water

Natural Health Remedies For UTI

 If you have received antibiotics for your urinary tract infection you may not be happy particularly with the news surrounding antibiotic overuse.
If you have had recurring urinary tract infections in the last few years, you might be questioning whether antibiotics are actually causing you more harm than good. The truth is that most repeat sufferers will choose many antibiotics that simply do not work. Did you know that of those patients using antibiotics, one quarter will get a repeat infection within the year?
If you haven’t done so already, maybe it is time you consider using simple and effective natural health remedies which could cure and prevent UTIs.

The Danger with Urinary Tract Infection Antibiotics

Antibiotics are everywhere! The truth is that antibiotics work for most infections because they kill bacteria. Unfortunately, you have both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria in your bladder and urinary tract.
By killing both the good and bad bacteria, you are leaving your tract vulnerable to another infection. This is why so many patients will continue to repeat sufferers.
If you have suffered from multiple infections, you are the perfect candidate for trying natural remedies to cure your UTI. Let me explain.
UTI Natural Remedies
If you are like a lot of people, you hear the word ‘remedies, ‘ and you immediately become skeptical. Fortunately, scientific research has also entered the natural health field. And you will be surprised at the findings.
The 2 biggest factors for curing and preventing urinary tract infections is keeping a strong immunity to fight off the infection (prevention) and allowing your body to flush the bacteria that is causing the infection (the cure).
Many natural health doctors state that a urinary tract is the easiest ailment to treat naturally because your body was made to fight it off naturally. And the way they did it hundreds of years ago is the same way you can do it today! Here are some easy pointers to get you started!
1. Drinking water throughout the whole day is a great place to start. Women should aim to drink at least 100 ounces, and men should aim to get 120 ounces. You will notice going to the bathroom a lot more; do not hold it.
2. Supplementing Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and zinc can be beneficial for giving your immune system a quick boost.
3. If you drink natural ie unsweetened cranberry juice and take cranberry tablets you will find that helpful for flushing the E coli bacteria that is causing the infection.
4. The water-soluble dietary fiber in fruits and vegetables is essential because it keeps the bladder flushed and gives your body minerals and vitamins for better overall health.
5. Educate yourself. There have been hundreds of studies done on UTI natural health, and they have found a handful of common remedies that work. A good rule of thumb is that better overall health will lead to better urinary health.

Natural Ingredients To Cure Hemorrhoids

 

Many people claim that handling hemorrhoids is a difficult action to take and will cause lots of stress. If you are feeling stressed from your hemorrhoids and don’t know how to alleviate your pain, then you’re in the right place.

If you suffer from hemorrhoids., keeping clean is very important Specially-designed hemorrhoid wipes are often more sanitary than toilet paper, in addition to being more comfortable. A warm bath can relieve the swelling as well as the pain that is associated with the hemorrhoids. You will want to sit in it for 20 minutes at least.

If you are battling with hemorrhoids, it could be that you are carrying too much weight. If you are overweight this increases within your waist and abdominal area. This could lead you to have increased pressure in the veins of your anus. You may fix this issue by losing a few pounds which will minimize the pressure. If you eat less you will probably pass smaller stools, and you need to do this more infrequently too.

Your diet will have a significant effect on whether you might be very likely to struggling with hemorrhoids. Food items and drinks may be especially irritating because they pass through the bowels. A diet plan that is filled with overly spicy foods or strong beverages like coffee, soda, and alcohol will place you at higher risk of forming hemorrhoids.

Think about using witch hazel as a solution for discomfort and pain. Witch hazel is definitely an astringent which will help to constrict and  shrink the hemorrhoids helping to  bring relief and healing. Soak a cotton ball in witch hazel then allow it to set for about 10 minutes. You can even add it to bath water.

An organic treatment method for hemorrhoids is using the organic herb, garlic. However, you might not like its pungent odor; this herb is useful for treatments for bleeding and inflamed hemorrhoids. There are 2 techniques to use garlic for the management of your hemorrhoids. The initial way is to eat no less than two cloves of chopped garlic 2 to three times on a daily basis until your hemorrhoid problem is better. The approach that can offer a more immediate relief is usually to insert a clove of garlic into the area affected overnight though this is probably more unpleasant than eating so much of it!

While getting rid of hemorrhoids may are tough, avoiding them altogether is a different story. It is very easy to avoid hemorrhoids almost entirely through diet. You must avoid eating excessively spicy foods when you are a person who is experiencing this affliction, and you will definitely have fewer difficulties with it.

Some may find it comical, but a cushion is an excellent answer to circumvent hemorrhoid pain. Making use of the pillow while traveling or sitting at the desk can significantly lower your discomfort.

Drink lots of water daily. Water is a perfect way of preventing hemorrhoids. Water is useful in preventing constipation, a primary reason behind hemorrhoids. Water can also help rid the body of toxins. Drink a minimum of eight servings of water on a daily basis.

Stay clean! Look after your hemorrhoids! When you go to the restroom, be sure to clean the location thoroughly, taking good care not to irritate it. If your bottom is not clean, bacteria could make its way into your hemorrhoids, and cause inflammation as well as an abscess. In order to avoid these painful occurrences, make sure you wash well-preventing irritation!

 

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Issues

 Inflammatory bowel disease as a term covers both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.While both these conditions might appear virtually identical on paper, there’s a subtle difference between ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. The symptoms of this disease may vary from mild to intense and can also influence an individual with no warning. It’s an illness that causes an ulcer in the outer region of rectum and colon.

Many are affected with this form of bowel disease one or more times in the course of their life. This condition is extremely painful and might be incurable. Though it is particularly known to affect the intestines, it can also affect the mouth and other parts of the human digestive system. It is certainly not one of the best-known diseases, but one which is essential to know about off you are prone to digestive issues.

Colitis contributes to many bowel probllemsCollagenous colitis is a disease where the large intestine or colon gets inflamed. Ulcerative colitis is understood to be an inflammatory bowel disease which leads to the ulcers and enduring inflammation of digestive tract. The precise cause of ulcerative colitis isn’t known.

The bowel comprises the little and large intestine . The little bowel plays an essential role in the digestion of food. In the event the little bowel gets perforated, an individual may come to be highly prone to bacterial overgrowth. A perforated bowel, which is also called intestinal perforation, is a state that can impact the small and the large intestine. Unlike the large intestine, the small intestine doesn’t have a substantial number of bacteria.

In discussing the signs of ulcerative colitis in adults, it is necessary not to forget that they are not the same as the Crohn’s disease indicators in children.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease – the Story

Many medicines are offered in the health care store for the therapy. In severe circumstances, where drug therapy isn’t providing the desired results, surgery may be recommended. The treatment is mostly based upon the reason. It depends upon the type of disease. It is necessary to find immediate treatment as delay may lead to many medical complications. While there’s no cure for ulcerative colitis, there are medications that could relieve the indicators and a few complications connected with the disease. Second, the most important all-natural treatment for the inflammatory disease is to have a proper diet.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease And Food

Patients want to prevent hot spices too. In any case, they need to follow the instructions of the doctor religiously. Sometimes surgery is the sole choice to remove the pain

Greater pressure in the bowel may lead to diverticular bleeding, causing bloody stools.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Facts

The status can be reversed if detected from an early stage. Whenever you have inflammatory bowel conditions, you have to adhere to a particular diet program which can help you heal yourself.

The Ultimate Inflammatory Bowel Disease Trick

In case you are uncertain about the diet that has to be followed, it would be better to seek advice from a dietitian. As stated earlier, diet plays a critical function in keeping the indications of Crohn’s disease at bay.

What Is The Reason For High Uric Acid In Blood And How Do You Treat It?

uric acidThe reason for high uric acid in blood is fully explained here, along with why more and more sufferers of high uric acid levels in blood (gout) are choosing natural remedies instead of drug-based medications. And finally, you’ll learn 4 of the most effective natural remedies to help lower these acid levels in the blood and relieve the excruciating pain of gout.

REASON FOR HIGH URIC ACID IN BLOOD

The main reason is the presence of chemical compounds called “purines” which occur quite naturally in our bodies and the food we eat. Uric acid is a byproduct of the process that purines undergo in our systems in order to provide our bodies with our energy and our protein. So you can see that purines are essential for our existence.

Normally the acid that is produced is handled by your kidneys and flushed from your body via urine. So what’s the reason for high uric acid in blood then? Well, for a number of reasons, your kidneys may not be able to process the acid efficiently or quickly enough, so that excess levels can remain in your bloodstream and be circulated around your body.

When this happens, eventually the uric acid can become deposited in your joints and tissue around your joints in the form of crystals. These crystals are sharp, microscopic ‘needles’ that then cause the redness, swelling, inflammation and excruciating pain that are the hallmarks of the condition called gout.

MAINSTREAM TREATMENT TO REDUCE HIGH URIC ACID IN BLOOD AND RELIEVE PAIN

Gout is generally treated using drug-based medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids and colchicines to reduce inflammation and help relieve pain. Other drugs such as allopurinol can be used to help reduce high uric acid levels over time if taken on a regular long term basis.

The greatest drawback with these anti-inflammatory drugs is the nasty side effects that they can have such as nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, stomach ulcers, bleeding, diarrhea, etc. And drugs like allopurinol to lower acid levels are generally recommended to be taken every day in order to help prevent future attacks: which can work out very expensive over the years.

Which is why so many sufferers today are seeking natural remedies…

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR HIGH URIC ACID IN BLOOD

There are many natural remedies in use today all over the world. Here are just four…

1 – Drink lots of water. Drink 10 to 12 8oz glasses of water per day to help your kidneys and help flush excess uric acid out of your system.

2 – Eat lots of cherries and strawberries. Cherries have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Strawberries can help neutralize uric acid.

3 – Drink apple cider vinegar daily. But it has to be raw, un-distilled apple cider vinegar. It is believed that it can alter your blood pH and so reduce high uric acid levels. Just add 2 or 3 teaspoons in a glass of water and add some honey for taste. You can also use it topically: just add 1/2 cup to 3 cups of warm water and soak your foot. Reheat and repeat as necessary.

4 – Go on to a low purine diet. Since uric acid comes from purines you should avoid foods high in purines and replace with lower purine foods. High purine foods are things like red meat, offal, gravy, broth, some fish, shellfish, meat extracts, mushrooms, cauliflower, asparagus, etc. Lower purine foods are things like green leafy vegetables, fruit, low-fat dairy products, tuna, salmon, brown bread, cereals, pasta, rice, etc.

ARE NATURAL REMEDIES FOR HIGH URIC ACID IN BLOOD ALL THAT EFFECTIVE?

Some are more effective than others, but the ones above are important. But effective though these natural remedies are, they are only part of the answer. Gout can be pretty complicated and every individual is different. Other controlling issues such as your weight, any existing medical conditions, family history, general health issues, etc. need to be investigated by you.

The important thing here is to find a way to prevent your gout from returning time and again, because frequent gout attacks can leave you with damaged kidneys (e.g. stones) and permanently damaged joints.

Luckily though, there’s a uric acid gout report available online [see below] that thousands of ex-gout victims worldwide have successfully used to prevent their gout returning. It also contains a special 2 hour gout pain relief program.

And it uses fully-researched, totally natural methods. So that you benefit two ways: (1) you get rid of your excruciating pain very fast, and, (2) you prevent your gout returning, so that you reduce the risk of permanent damage.

Cancer Causes

The abnormal growth of cells in parts of the body is what is defined as cancer. The brain, the lungs and even the breasts may all be affected by cancer. The article will deal with the likely causes of two dissimilar types of cancer and their probable causes. While all cancers share heredity as a major causal factor, there are other different causes of cancer which depend on the type of cancer.
The causes of cancer are unknown. However, heredity is one major cause of cancer. It is well known in the medical profession that incidences of cancer in the family place one at a higher risk of suffering from the same. This is true for most cancers. Examples of cancers that are hereditary are brain and ovarian cancer. Another major cause of cancer is prior history. Survivors of cancer are more at risk of developing the cancer again. But, there are certain other factors that are the causes of different types of cancers. These factors may be related to the external environment of the victims.
Two major factors also cause cancer. These are air pollution and smoking. Other cancer causing factors include sunlight and radiation. While there are many cancer forms, lung cancer due to smoking, is the most common in the United States. Cigarette smoking results in 90% of all the lung cancer reported cases in the US. Active smokers are the main victims. Even so, there is a 24% chance of passive smokers to develop lung cancer. Air pollution accounts for 1% of the lung cancer related cases. In this case the causes of lung cancer are exposure to pollution from vehicles, power plants and industries.
The victims personal situation and the cancer causes may be linked. For instance, a probable cause of cancer especially in women is hormones. Women who begin their menstruation much earlier and also those who enter menopause much later are at the greatest risk of developing breast cancer. Along with this, is the use of hormone replacement therapy especially by women after menopause which is also a possible cause of breast cancer. Though birth control pills are also said to result in breast cancer, there is no fool proof indication.
Causes of cancer are two pronged. These are prior history with the disease and heredity. Different forms of cancer have distinct causes. Hormones, use of hormone replacement therapy and the use of birth control pills are factors associated with the development of breast cancer. On the other hand, smoking and air pollution are said to be the likely lung cancer causes.

Colon Cancer Facts

colon cancerCancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. In the United States, around 1000 patients die each day from complications of cancer. Approximately 2.4 million Americans are expected to be diagnosed with the dreaded disease in 2007. The exact cause of cancer is unknown. It is only characterized by the abnormal cell division and growth. Genetics, exposure to chemicals and lifestyle are just some of the risk factors in cancer.

Colon cancer is a particular cancer in which the primary affected area is the colon. Many studies showed that people with colon cancer are those who have been smoking, drinking excessively, suffers from inflammatory bowel disease and are obese. Regular colon cancer screenings should be accomplished if you are considered to be at risk. This kinds of screenings can help you fight against any kind of colon cancer that might decide to rear its ugly head. It’s important to take care of the matter before it becomes too much of a problem.

If you are exhibiting the following colon cancer symptoms, you should be evaluated for colorectal cancer at once.

1. Irregular bowel movements: you could have less or more bowel movements if you have colon cancer. You can even experience constipation more often. This is because the tumor in your colon is already obstructing the regular flow of your bowel.

2. Stomach Cramps- due to bowel obstruction, you will feel stomach cramps and sometimes even bloating. As the tumor grows bigger, it could actually be perforating the bowel wall causing pain and discomfort.

3. Bloody Stool- you might observe bleeding in your bowel. Sometimes the blood will be present in a very small amount and not be noticed. But there are also cases, where the stool is really bloody. A fecal occult blood test can confirm presence of blood in your stool.

4. Unexplained weight loss- one of the classic sign of cancer is weight loss. If you are losing weight even if you are not trying, you should ask your doctor.

5. Fatigue- another colon cancer symptom to look out for is unexplained tiredness. Some experts link this symptom to anemia or iron deficiency. To be sure, you should have your blood checked.

6. Nausea and vomiting- because of the tumor in your colon area, you might feel nauseous and even vomit for no apparent reason.

7. Gassy- obstruction of the colon by a tumor causes air to be trapped.

Diagnosing colon cancer can be done in a number of ways. Your doctor could perform a digital rectal exam to check for abnormal areas in your rectum. Another way is to take endoscopic images of your colon. This is done by inserting a lighted device in you rectum and images are transmitted to a monitor. This is a very accurate test and could also differentiate between a polyp and a tumor growth.

If detected early, colon cancer can be treated by surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. The key is early diagnosis. Chances for survival are higher for people who are diagnosed at the early stages of colon cancer. This is the reason why you should be evaluated or screened by a cancer expert especially if you are exhibiting classic colon cancer symptoms.