Colon cancer is a relatively common digestive malignant tumor in the colon. The incidence rate is relatively high especially in those aged 40 to 50 years. However, in recent years, this cancer has become younger and younger, and many young people have it. The issue of colon cancer came up. Many people may not have a comprehensive understanding of colon cancer, and may even have some misunderstandings. In fact, if you want to understand colon cancer, you must first avoid these misunderstandings.
So what misunderstandings should be avoided in the prevention and treatment of colon cancer?
1. You can't get colon cancer without symptomsWhen it comes to cancer, the first thing people think of is some uncomfortable symptoms in the body, and then they wonder if they have cancer. Colon cancer is different from most cancers. Because colon cancer has no particularly obvious symptoms, only a few people will have some symptoms. Therefore, many colon cancers are only discovered during screening. However, if you suddenly experience abdominal pain, blood in the stool, or anemia, or lose weight rapidly for no reason, you should go to the hospital for relevant examinations in time.
2. Only the elderly get colon cancerMany people think that colon cancer is a cancer that only the elderly can get. In fact, this perception is wrong, because although the incidence of colon cancer is higher in the elderly, it is not absolute, that is, many young people Colon cancer issues may also arise. In fact, this disease may occur in different age groups, so young people also need to pay close attention to it.
3. Colon cancer cannot be preventedColon cancer is preventable because colon cancer cells are non-cancerous polyps in their early stages. If they can be detected early and removed before they become cancerous, the occurrence of colon cancer will be effectively prevented. Therefore, if you want to prevent colon cancer, you should do regular screening in this area, so that early detection, early intervention, and early treatment can be achieved.
4. You won't get colon cancer without a family historySome patients believe that colon cancer is caused by genetic factors. As long as their family members do not have colon cancer, they will not suffer from this cancer. In fact, this understanding is also wrong. Only a small proportion of patients have genetic factors. Most people develop colon cancer due to acquired factors, so even if family members do not have colon cancer, they should be screened regularly.
5. Colonoscopy is too painfulMany patients are afraid to undergo colonoscopy, thinking that this examination will be particularly painful. In fact, colonoscopy is not particularly painful. You only need to follow the doctor's instructions to enema and take laxatives for the examination. The examination can usually be completed within an hour.
Once a patient develops colon cancer, it can be treated with endoscopic minimally invasive methods in the early stages. If it is already in the middle and late stages, surgery is required, supplemented by chemotherapy, immunotherapy or traditional Chinese medicine. Only in this way can the patient's condition be improved. The success rate of surgery improves the survival rate of patients and reduces the recurrence rate.