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Does flax seed or green tea prevent colorectal cancer?

Does flax seed or green tea prevent colorectal cancer?

Not known: Though the supposed health benefits of these are touted, there is no definitively known knowledge that it will prevent any type of cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Herbert Hoover
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Colorectal Cancer (Definition)

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. The cells lining the colon or rectum become abnormal and grow uncontrollably. They start as polyps. Symptoms include blood in the stool, constipation, loss of appetite, and weight loss. This cancer can be prevented through early screening, if a polyp is detected during a colonoscopy and excised. Additionally, a high fiber diet with plenty of water and a ...Read more


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How does reducing colonic transit time with fiber prevent colorectal cancer?

How does reducing colonic transit time with fiber prevent colorectal cancer?

Less contact: The hypothesis is that one factor in colon cancer is potentially ingested carcinogens(cancer causing) that are in the food we eat. The faster the stool moves through the colon, the less time the carcinogen has in contact with any segment of the colon so it's should be less damaging. ...Read more

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What diet should I follow to prevent colorectal cancer from occurring?

What diet should I follow to prevent colorectal cancer from occurring?

Colon CA & Diet: Colon cancer has been associated with diets high in animal fat, red meats, and processed meats containing nitrites. Eating a well balanced diet that minimizes these foods, and contains leafy, green vegetables, and foods high in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, is recommended to decrease the risk. Dietary fiber is also recommended to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. ...Read more

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Is there any way to help prevent the return of my colorectal cancer?

Is there any way to help prevent the return of my colorectal cancer?

4-Tiered Strategy: Surveillance: at the advice of your gastroenterologist, schedule routine colonoscopies; healthy habits: follow a diet high in veggies, fruits, and whole-grains, try to limit red meat and alcohol, exercise regularly; chemoprevention: talk to your oncologist about taking folate (folic acid) supplements and/or nsaids; genetic testing: if you have many relatives with colon ca, you may be a candidate for testing. ...Read more

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A friend was just diagnosed with colorectal cancer, is that a serious condition?

A friend was just diagnosed with colorectal cancer, is that a serious condition?

Can be: Colon cancer and rectal cancer must be treated to get good results, and if ignored it can spread or become dangerous with bleeding or intestinal blockage. Localized cancers are removed with surgery and sometimes chemotherapy is used. Earlier and smaller cancers tend to be least "dangerous.". ...Read more

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Where do I go to get colorectal cancer gene test?

Where do I go to get colorectal cancer gene test?

Discuss with your MD: Some evaluation /analysis can be done on the cancer tissue . Your oncologist can ask the pathologist to test it. Then, your oncologist can refer you to a genetician /genetic counsellour to start with -whom then will order the necessary genetic test based on your personal/family history. Discuss in detail with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Can a change in bowel habits mean colorectal cancer?

Can a change in bowel habits mean colorectal cancer?

Yes: Persistent changes not correlating to your dietary or activity change should be worked up by your doctor. It does not diagnose colon cancer by itself but it is one of the symptoms. ...Read more

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What screening tests are used for colorectal cancer?

Polyp detection and: Removal. Almost all colon cancers arise in polyps and colonoscopy is the best method for detection of polyps as well as colon cancers. Other methods are testing for occult blood in stool, barium enema and 3d ct scans. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Keith Monson
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Proctology (Definition)

Proctologists are physicians who have specialized knowledge to diagnose and surgically treat disorders affecting the colon, rectum, and anus. Such disorders may include hemorrhoids, colorectal ...Read more