Health InformationSigns of Rectal Cancer and How to Prevent it

20 Dec 2021
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The symptoms of hemorrhoids, a common anal disease, are similar to those of rectal cancer, so caution is needed.

According to a medical official on the 15th of December, since the rectum is located at the end of the large intestine, it is a place where feces are temporarily stored before being excreted through the anus. When there is a certain amount of stool in the rectum, you will feel a bowel movement and go to stool. Rectal cancer refers to the formation of malignant tumors in the rectum.

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The causes of rectal cancer include environmental factors such as excessive intake of animal fat, insufficient fiber intake, lack of calcium and vitamin D, consumption of baked or fried foods, lack of exercise, inflammatory bowel disease, colon polyps, and genetic factors such as family history. Like hemorrhoids, there are symptoms such as bleeding when passing stool and discomfort in the perineum including the anus. In addition, bloody mucous stools, a heavy feeling in the anal area, and an unpleasant feeling after defecation may suggest rectal cancer.

To prevent rectal cancer, it is good to eat vegetables and fruits containing a lot of fiber, and to avoid drinking and smoking. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can also help. In addition, even if there are no suspicious symptoms, if you are over the age of 50, you should have regular check-ups.

Source: The Korea Health News

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