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At least two million Americans suffer from colon-related diseases. About 112,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer annually; the disease causes more than 55,000 U.S. deaths each year.
Many experts believe that the average person has 5 to 20 pounds of accumulated waste matter in their colon. A blocked colon is a perfect breeding ground for parasites. Also, toxins accumulate in the digestive tract and this leads to poor digestion along with colon build up and other complications. This, in turn, leads to health problems that sometimes result in serious disease.
The digestive system removes and processes nutrients (vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and water) from foods and helps pass waste material out of the body.
Many people with colon cancer experience no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. When symptoms do appear, they will likely vary, depending on the cancer's size and location in the large intestine.
Physicians recommend that people age 50 and older have a colonoscopy every three to 10 years, depending on their personal risk factors. Regular screening tests can identify polyps before they become cancerous.
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