You must be alert if you have any of these symptoms: it can save your life

Just as there are people who visit their doctor more than their own family, there are others who directly fear and do anything to avoid examining themselves. The important thing is to find a balance: do not go constantly -because that is also fear, although in another of its forms-, nor deny feeling bad just to avoid going to the consultation.

The symptoms are warning signs, ways in which your body warns you that something is not right. If you act on time, you can save your life.

Pay attention: if you have any of these symptoms visit your doctor immediately. They can indicate a dangerous disease.

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  • Anemia
  • Short of breath
  • Swelling or abdominal pain
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Bleeding while going to the bathroom or in stool
  • Sensation of not having completely emptied the intestines
  • Weightloss

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These are some symptoms that could indicate colon cancer. It is a malignant tumor that affects 1 in 20 men and 1 in 30 women before the age of 74, according to the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC).

Colon cancer is that of the large intestine, the last section of the digestive tract. In most cases, the disease begins with a small, non-cancerous polyp or cell cluster that, over time, can become malignant.

Anemia is one of the first signs of colon cancer, as it could be an indicator of internal bleeding. But also, as we mentioned, you might suffer from shortness of breath, bloating or cramps. Persistent and severe constipation may also appear, which indicates some type of obstruction. Bleeding on stool and dark stools are other symptoms that you should also pay attention to.

If you have any of these symptoms, check with your doctor. Perhaps this is not what causes the discomforts, but if there is something that is bothering you, take care to return to feel good as soon as possible.

How to prevent colon cancer?

In the first place, it takes a diet with fiber and few saturated fats. Some studies indicate an increased risk of colon cancer in people who consume a lot of red and processed meat. In turn, you must control your weight. Obesity increases the risk of colon cancer.

It is also important that you move your body. Performing physical activity on a regular basis can help reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Also, it is important that you avoid smoking. People who smoke may be at higher risk of colon cancer.

Another thing that increases the risk of suffering from this disease is alcohol. Therefore, you should reduce your consumption.

Get regular checkups, especially if you have a history of cancer in your family.

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Sources:

The confidential

Cancer.org

Mayo clinic