Yes, You Can Prevent Colon Cancer

Yes, You Can Prevent Colon Cancer

Colorectal cancer (cancer in the colon and/or rectum) accounts for roughly 13 percent of all cancers, and is considered the second leading cause of cancer deaths, next to lung cancer. Colorectal cancer develops from an earlier, benign growth, known as a polyp (and in the plural, known as polyps). If you learn nothing else from this book, you'll receive "gold" if you remember this one sentence: "ALL colon cancer comes from polyps, but not all polyps become colon cancer." What this means is that by screening for polyps on a regular basis, you can "catch" colon cancer before it ever develops...All colon cancer starts from a polyp, but not all polyps turn into colon cancer. The relationship between colon cancer and polyps is similar to the relationship between a caterpillar and a butterfly. We know that all butterflies come from caterpillars, but not all caterpillars turn into butterflies; a lot of them become moths! If we wanted to eliminate all the butterflies from this planet, the best plan would be to hunt down caterpillars.

M. Sara Rosenthal

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