Colonoscopy-Colon Cancer Prevention
 
   

Colonoscopy-Colon Cancer Prevention

 

 
 
With replantation of Good Healthy Bacteria
 

Colon cancer, Rectal cancer and Colorectal cancer are increasingly being linked to microbial problems in the gut. Researchers have shown that the disease is linked with less variety in the gut bacteria, and with more harmful strains.

The Journal of the National Cancer Institute from December 2013, reports that higher levels of Fusobacterium were found, which can lead to cancer and lower levels of Clostridia, a bacterial class known to aid glucose metabolism.

Under normal conditions a healthy flora contains a diverse range of bacteria. With colorectal cancer it seems that the gut bacteria first loses its diversity. This results in a lack of ´good´ bacteria to compensate for, and overwhelm any bad bacteria. The net result is that there is an over-production of inflammatory molecules leading to polyps and precancerous formations.

What we know, is that your gut bacteria gets ill first, this stops them from keeping dangerous microbes and yeasts in check. The human body is an organism of 7 trillion cells and 25,000 genes. The last thing we know, is that in fact we are ´Super-organisms of 100 trillion cells and 100,000 genes.

Over thousands of years we have grown interdependent with the bacteria that live around us. We give them food and shelter; they provide us with compounds we cannot make for ourselves. But when they start to suffer, we become ill. Its even worse, it seems we cannot become well until they do.

Over 800 different strains of bacteria are known to inhabit your gut, 400 have been identified and many control the level of microbes and yeasts living in your body. Recent US research concluded microbe infection was a big factor in colorectal cancer, far greater than many doctors and oncologists recognise. Beneficial bacteria levels in your gut can be enhanced by taking ´probiotics´. However, simply taking one variety is unlikely to be enough. Diversity is crucial. Multi-strain probiotics do exist, each with 7 or 8 different strains. Some in America can have 25 different strains. But be aware of the volume, 40 billion per pill is ridiculous. You only need a few. You probably lose about 8 billion a day.

It’s what you eat that matters. Feed them the right foods and they will thrive. By feeding them the foods they love, such as whole foods and fibrous foods, their levels will quickly multiply.

 

Research is quite clear on beneficial bacteria like ´commensal´ or Probiotics in the gut: They enhance your immune system, are essential in

releasing vitamins and important health compounds from your food, they help to excrete toxic chemicals from the body, and even produce a cancer-killing chemical. They can also consume over 2.2 kilograms of yeasts and microbes every night while you sleep. Over 4000 research studies exists providing clues as to how they not only prevent cancer, but can help you beat it if you already have it.

 
 
 
 
 
Polyp Cancer
 

A polyp is an overgrowth of the lining of the bowel wall. It usually looks like a raspberry dangling from the lining on a short stalk. They are commonly found in the colon, stomach, nose, urinary bladder and uterus.

Polyps of the colon and rectum are usually 'benign', which means that they are not cancerous and do not spread. You may have one or many polyps but they do become more common and the risk factor grows with age and specially if there's family history of colon or polyp cancer.

There are two different types pf Polyps:

Adenomatous polyps: That can develop into colon cancer over time
Hyperplastic polyp: This ones usually do not develop into colon cancer.
Colorectal polyps should be removed because some can develop into cancer.  In most cases, the polyps may be removed during a colonoscopy. 

The most common symptoms are (generally the patient doesn't experience any symptoms):

 

 
Blood in the stools
Diarrhea (rare)
  Fatigue caused by losing blood over time

People over age 50 should consider having a colonoscopy or some kind of screening test regularly. The colonoscopy helps prevent colon because polyps can be removed before they become cancerous. People with a family history of colon cancer or colon polyps may need to be screened at an earlier age.

For people with adenomatous polyps, new polyps can appear in the future. Follow-up colonoscopy is usually recommended 1 to 10 years later, depending on the:

Person's age and general health
Number of polyps
  Size and characteristics of the polyps

 

 
 
The operation
 

A colonoscopy means passing a flexible telescope or colonoscope, up the back passage also called rectum, into the lower bowel (colon) for a distance of about 5 feet. Usually, the polyp is snared with a hot wire and removed whole through the colonoscope. Bits and pieces of the polyp can be taken through the colonoscope if the polyp is too large to be capture.

 

The polyp or the biopsies, are sent to be examined under the microscope. The bowel has to be cleaned out beforehand to give a clear view. You will also have a sedative injection or a short general anaesthetic and you can go home the same day of your colonoscopy.

 
 
 

Any alternatives?

Polyps can change into bowel cancer if left too long, that's why it's too risky for you to just leave things as they are. At that stage, other forms of scanning are no longer as useful as a hands on colonoscopy.

Before the operation: You will have to follow instructions on how to clean out your bowel in the 48 hours before the colonoscopy is performed. This preparation will result in more frequent bowel motions than you’re used to, which can be watery. The colonoscopies are done and that same day, you should be able to go home.

There are ways to prevent it: Consult your physician to get regular check ups and make sure you have everything under control, specially if you suffer from blood pressure or have heart/lung problems. Take into account this recommendations:

  Check the hospital's advice about taking the Pill or hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Check you have a relative or friend who can come with you to the hospital take you home and look after you for the first week after the operation.
 
You will have the operation explained to you and will be asked to fill in an operation consent form. Before you sign the consent form, make sure that you fully understand all the information that was given to you regarding your health problems, the possible and proposed treatments and any potential risks. Feel free to ask more questions if things are not entirely clear
Many hospitals now run special preadmission clinics, where you visit a week or so before the operation, where these checks will be made. You will be asked to go on a special diet three days before the colonoscopy.
Bring all your tablets and medicines with you to the hospital. On the ward, you will be checked for past illnesses and will have special tests to make sure that you are well prepared and that you can have the procedure as safely as possible. You will be asked to fill in a procedure consent form.
 

 

 

 

 
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