Colon cancer is something we think of as prevalent in older individuals but in fact it is reported that colon cancer has a new face
. The numbers have be on the decline in 50+ population and on an increase in the 20-49 age group. There are several suspected reason for seeing this increase in numbers, an inactive lifestyle, dietary factors and obesity which all are something which can all be modified.
There have been no new protocols for colonoscopy screening of younger individuals to date. However, it is important to note, if you are in the that age group and experiencing symptoms it is worth discussing this with your medical practitioner. Things that should be worth contacting your practitioner about are
- A persistent change in your bowel habits (diarrhea or constipation)
- Visible blood in your stool or rectal bleeding
- Persistent abdominal discomfort (cramps, gas or pain)
- Lower abdominal fullness giving the feeling that bowel isn't emptying completely
- Unintentional weight loss
The important thing is to know your body, become comfortable with talking to your practitioner about this sensitive topic and making those lifestyle changes which can reduce your risk of not only colon cancer (eating to prevent colorectal cancer
) but many other chronic health conditions.