Observing stools to prevent colon cancer! Experts warn that the appearance of 4 types of stool may indicate early-stage colon cancer
Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in recent years in Malaysia. The early diagnosis rate of colorectal cancer is generally low, which is due to various factors including atypical symptoms, low awareness of colorectal cancer, inadequate attention to cancer screening, financial concerns, and other factors. The most fundamental reason for the low early diagnosis rate is the atypical symptoms of colorectal cancer.
As the colon is the site for the generation and elimination of feces, early symptoms of colorectal cancer are often manifested as abnormal bowel movements. However, as feces are perceived as waste, people may not attach enough importance to them. Moreover, the early symptoms of colorectal cancer can easily be mistaken for other perianal diseases. As a result, even if some patients notice abnormal symptoms, they may attribute them to hemorrhoids and overlook further examination.
In fact, when colorectal cancer strikes, feces may emit ''warning signals,'' especially when the feces show these four signs, people should be vigilant:
Blood and mucus in the stool Blood and mucus in the stool
The tumor in the intestines can cause inflammation, stimulate the intestines, and secrete mucus. If the mucus contains blood, it is likely that the tumor has ruptured and bled, mixed with mucus, and expelled through the feces. In this case, people should be highly vigilant.
When the tumor is present in the intestines, unformed stool will pass through the tumor area, which the intestine will perceive as a foreign object. The intestine will accelerate its reaction, stimulate peristalsis, and quickly expel the unformed stool.
Changes in bowel habits
Everyone has a fixed bowel habit. Some people defecate once a day, while others defecate every two or three days. However, if there is frequent diarrhea or constipation for a long time, and the bowel habits are significantly different from the past, it may be caused by intestinal tumors.
There are many causes of bloody stool, such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures, etc., which can cause rectal bleeding. However, rectal bleeding caused by colorectal cancer is generally painless, and the blood is dark red, accompanied by mucus or pus. After defecation, there is still a feeling of incomplete bowel movement.
If any of the above symptoms occur, along with abdominal pain, palpable lumps in the abdomen, anemia, low-grade fever, and unexplained weight loss, people should immediately undergo relevant examinations.
On the other hand, colorectal cancer is one of the few cancers that can be actively prevented by improving lifestyle habits. By reducing energy intake, avoiding high-fat and high-salt diets, increasing fiber intake, and taking more probiotics, as well as moderate exercise, avoiding excessive alcohol consumption, and paying attention to bowel movements, people can effectively prevent colorectal cancer.
In addition to lifestyle interventions, tumor screening should also be taken seriously. People over the age of 40 are advised to undergo colonoscopy at least once. If problems are found, regular follow-up examinations are necessary, and people should not wait until the cancer develops before regretting not having taken preventive measures.
As for whether supplementing with probiotics can really help prevent colorectal cancer, long-term consumption of probiotics can indeed prevent and improve the prognosis of colorectal cancer. In recent years, more studies have discussed how probiotics can enhance the effectiveness of traditional treatments and reduce side effects. However, probiotics are not an immediately effective solution, and it takes persistence and time to see results.