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Dietary Fiber May be Helpful in Treating Colon Cancer.

Dietary fiber is found in the part of a plant that maintains the structure of a plant. Examples of high fibers are cellulose, polysaccharides, pectins, gums, hemicellulose, lignins, and mucilages. Though these fibers are not linked with each other chemically, yet, they have one thing in common – fibers can’t be broken down in the colon and goes out of the body in the form of feces. Therefore, fiber helps correct disorders and keeps the function of the colon normally.
For that reason, it is necessary to increase the quantity of fibers in the diet.

Fiber has an influence on the human body particularly the digestion process from start to finish. The colon is important for the completion of the digestion process of a food. Its main function is to take out excess water from the food wastes that are entering to the small intestine. If not enough water is removed by the colon and food wastes surpass the small intestine too quickly then diarrhea and watery stools results. On the contrary, if too much water is taken up and food waste is too slow to pass the intestine, these could result in hard stool and constipation, thus, frequently leads to straining. It may seem simple disorder but seldom leads to more severe disorders like colon cancer.

Colon cancer is one of the major health problems in Western world. Most colon cancer is said to arise from colon polyps. These benign mushroom-shaped may develop in some people, but some may lead into cancer eventually. The colon cancer symptoms may not be evident early on. Nonetheless, watch out for early colon cancer symptoms which include any changes in bowel habit like diarrhea or constipation and any apparent blood in the stools.

Fiber assists the wavelike contraction of the colon which keeps the food from moving through the intestine. In addition, high fiber foods help inflate the inner lining walls of the colon. This result easiness of food wastes from passing through intestine.

There are standard colon cancer treatments options: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, but the commonly involved is surgery. The choices of choosing colon cancer treatments will depend on the stage of the colon cancer. Another possible diet for colon cancer treatment is fiber diet which may be influential  in treating colon cancer. Cancinogen remains inside the wall of the colon for a longer time and a large, bulky, soft stool may take steps to shrink these cancer-containing agents by moving them out through bowel more quickly.

Submitted on February 24, 2009