Do you know that in Ireland, according to Irish Cancer Society there are approximately 2,560 new bowel cancer cases every year?
Bowel cancer is common in Ireland and early detection is important to address the problem in a better way.
Bowels, also known as the intestines, play a vital role in our digestive system. Their primary function is to process the food we eat and extract the essential nutrients our body needs to function correctly. Think of it as an internal factory that takes in food and turns it into nutrients.
Digestion is the initial step after we consume food. It involves a series of processes aimed at breaking down the food into smaller molecules. Bowels contribute significantly to this process by utilising digestive enzymes to break down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
The bowel walls absorb nutrients from digested food and carry them into the bloodstream. These nutrients, encompassing vitamins, minerals, and energy-providing molecules, are indispensable for the body's growth, repair, and overall well-being.
Additionally, the bowels serve as a waste removal system. They help eliminate the components of food that the body cannot digest or absorb. Your body eventually expels this waste material in the form of stool or faeces.
Furthermore, the bowels plays a role in regulating the body's water balance. They absorb water from the waste material, contributing to maintaining proper hydration.
In essence, your bowels function as an essential food processing facility within your body. They take the food you eat, break it down, extracts valuable elements, and dispose of components that your body cannot use. This intricate process is fundamental to your overall health and well-being.
Bowel cancer, also called colorectal cancer, starts in the colon or rectum. Colon or rectal cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the cells lining the colon or rectum. If not detected and treated early, it can spread to other areas of the body.
Bowel cancer typically develops over a long period, often starting as small, non-cancerous growths called polyps. Over time, some of these polyps can become cancerous. Regular screening and early detection are important to find and remove polyps that could become cancerous or detect cancer early.
It is important to highlight that when in an early stage, bowel cancer symptoms resemble other diseases.
We recommend talking with your GP if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
There are several advantages in early detection of colorectal cancer, and among them we would like to highlight:
So if you are over 50 years old, it is important to get regular screenings for bowel cancer.
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