Colon Polyps: Symptoms You Should Never Ignore !
You may have heard about colon polyps at some point. They are so common thateven you may had it, or someone in you know have had colon polyp. Probably all of you are wondering: are colon polyps dangerous? The answer is YES! Even though, at the start colon polyps are usually benign, as the time passes they can become cancerous.
“Wait are you trying to say that I can get colon cancer from a colon polyp?” Yes, we all can! But how can I know when should I visit my doctor? What are the symptoms? What’s causing them? Can I prevent them?! Read this article and you will learn everything you need to know about colon polyp.
1. What are colon polyps?
Maybe this simple word scares you. If at any time your doctor gives you a diagnose”polyps in the colon” it’s very possible that you stay puzzled, wondering what that is. A colon polyp is an abnormal growth within the walls of the large intestine.
As you know, colon is the part of the intestines that is responsible for channeling and redirecting all fecal matter that ultimately will be expelled from the rectum.
It is a very vulnerable area, always exposed to a lot of fecal bacteria, inflammation and there is no wonder why colon polyps are so common.Therefore you must be alarmed about their symptoms and risk factors.
As we have indicated at the beginning, most polyps are benign. However, they require an intervention to remove them from our bowel. That procedure is called colonoscopy.
2. Who is more “sensitive” of developing colon polyps?
Some people are more predisposed than others. Just to be clear, sometimes we can diagnose colon polyps and not have any of these backgrounds but generally, we must consider these risk factors:
- Having more than 50 years.
- Being a smoker.
- Having a family member who has suffered colon cancer.
- Drink alcohol.
- High-fat diet.
- Low fiber diet.
3. What are the symptoms?
Most colon polyps are asymptomatic, especially in the beginning. They cause no pain and doesn’t disrupt the normal function of the intestine track.
Later, as they are larger the first symptoms will occur. So please, don’t ignore these symptoms:
- Rectal bleeding.
- Change in bowel habits. Diarrhea or constipation that lasts more then 1-2 weeks may indicate a larger colon polyp.
- Abdominal pain while you are defecating.
- Iron deficiency anemia.
Note: Do not ignore these symptoms, they also occur in colon cancer patients!!!
If you have these symptoms, your doctor will suggest a colonoscopy. It is not a comfortable test but it will give you the right diagnosis, number of polyps, which also can be removed with during this procedure. As we said, in long term they may transform in to colon cancer so it best to get rid of them as soon as possible. But do not worry, results are always good and patients can continue with their normal life.
4. Can I somehow prevent colon polyps?
It’s not easy to prevent the colon polyps. We can prevent a small percentage of their appearance if we follow proper habits and healthy lifestyles, in addition to a diet that allows us to take care of the colon and our digestive health.
- If you are overweight, try to lose some weight.
- Eliminate bad habits such as snuff.
- Consume at least 1 green apple daily.
- Eat oatmeal in the morning, it gives us the necessary level of fiber which are ideal for the colon.
- Every day before breakfast, drink a glass of warm lemon water.
- Use olive oil instead of vegetable oil.
- Eat more vegetables especially beets, broccoli and artichokes.
- Consume probiotic products.
Use peppermint oil. You should take 1 tablespoon of peppermint oil, 3 times a week after your lunch.
Share this article and help your friends and relatives to recognize the symptoms of colon polyps. EARLY DETECTION AND PROMPT TREATMENT WILL SAVE THEIR LIVES !