Excessive Drinking, Obesity, Lack of Exercise… 3 Things to Watch Out for in the Development of ‘Young Colon Cancer’
Just because you are young does not mean you are free from cancer. In particular, even at a young age, the incidence of colon cancer can increase depending on eating habits and lifestyle habits.
According to national cancer registration statistics, the incidence of colon cancer has recently decreased somewhat, and the number of young colon cancer patients has also decreased. There is a trend.
However, there is a need to be alert as research shows that the incidence of colon cancer among young people aged 20 to 49 in Korea is 12.9 per 100,000 people, the highest in the world. .
Director Han Eon-cheol of the Colon and Anal Surgery Department at the Southeast Atomic Energy Medical Center said, “Regardless of age and gender, if you lack exercise and enjoy Western-style eating and drinking, the risk of developing colon cancer increases, and even at a young age, the risk of colon cancer increases. “You can be exposed,” he said.
Most causes of colon cancer are acquired factors such as bad diet, drinking, smoking, and lack of exercise. The probability of developing it due to genetic causes is about 5%.
Manager Han said, “Among the many causes known to affect the occurrence of colon cancer so far, the first is excessive or frequent drinking. He explained, “The incidence of colon cancer increases, especially in men.”
He continued, “The reason why alcohol increases the risk of colon cancer is because when ethanol is broken down in the body, it creates a toxic substance called acetaldehyde.” He added, “According to Korean research data, if you drink excessively every day, the incidence of colon cancer increases. There are also results showing that this rises up to 4.6 times.”
The second cause of colon cancer is obesity. Manager Han emphasized, “The more obese you are, the higher the incidence of polyps, which increases the likelihood of developing colon cancer. Metabolic syndromes such as diabetes accompanying obesity can cause chronic inflammation in the body, increasing the risk of colon cancer.”
The third cause is lack of exercise. Manager Han said, “Exercise is the best way to prevent colon cancer. “It is also well known that exercise increases the survival rate and reduces the recurrence rate of patients who have undergone colon cancer surgery,” he said. “To prevent colon cancer, it is helpful to exercise consistently for more than 30 minutes at a time, at least three days a week.” He said, “The later cancer is diagnosed, the more difficult it is to treat.”
“Especially at a young age, even if there are symptoms of cancer such as abdominal pain, indigestion, or pain, it is easy to overlook them because they are young and they tend not to visit hospitals, so cancer is often diagnosed late,” he said. He added, “If digestive symptoms such as change in habits, indigestion, or abdominal distension persist, or symptoms such as anal bleeding or anemia, it is a good idea to get a detailed examination at least once, even if you are young.”