Colon Cancer Self Test
Colon (colorectal) cancer is
often called the "silent killer" Colon cancer affects both men and women
about equally and kills more people annually than either breast cancer or
Although colon cancer can strike
with no warning signs, one of the most frequent and commonly the only early
warning sign is blood in your stool from bleeding polyps. Too often this sign is
either not noticed because the blood is not visible to the human eye or not
Recognise the difference between Ulcerative Colitis and Colon Cancer
What Is Ulcerative Colitis?
The affected part of the large intestine becomes inflamed and develops ulcers, causing symptoms that include bloody diarrhoea, abdominal pain, and fever.
Inflammation is the body's response to irritation or injury. Inflammation causes tissues of the affected part of the body to become swollen, red, warm, and painful. It is not known exactly what causes the bowel to become inflamed.
It is actually only the inner lining of the large bowel that is affected in ulcerative colitis. A similar condition, Crohn's disease, can cause inflammation in any portion of the gastrointestinal tract and can affect the full thickness of the bowel wall. Both conditions, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, are known as inflammatory bowel disease.
In ulcerative colitis, the inflammation usually starts at the rectum and ends at some point in the colon. The affected area is "continuous," that is, there is no area of normal tissue between the affected areas. The amount of colon involved determines the classification of the type of ulcerative colitis:
Symptoms of ulcerative colitis can be mild to severe and have
no relation to how much of the colon is affected. The condition is characterized
by periods of active disease, known as flare-ups, followed by periods when the
disease is inactive, known as
Q: What is the difference between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease?
A: In both conditions there is inflammation of the intestine. But ulcerative colitis affects just the colon, while Crohn's can affect any portion of the gastrointestinal tract. Also, ulcerative colitis affects the inner lining only, while Crohn's can affect the full thickness of the bowel wall.
Some individuals suffer a single episode of ulcerative colitis
and never experience another
Occasionally, removal of the entire colon - a total
Remission and relapse
Remission refers to the period of time between flare-ups when an individual is feeling relatively well. Although ulcerative colitis is a chronic (ongoing) inflammatory bowel disease, it is characterized by remissions that last for varying amounts of time, interrupted by acute flare-ups of disease.
Each individual's pattern of symptoms is different, and conscientious doctors treat the symptoms rather than the laboratory or radiological signs.
Diarrhoea, pain, and fever - along with fatigue, chills, and possibly vomiting - come and go. Flare-ups can occur seemingly out of the blue, after a viral illness such as a cold, or at times of extreme personal, business, or social stress.