In recent years, the number of deaths due to colon cancer and rectal cancer has increased year by year. Medical experts have discovered through a large number of epidemiological investigations that long-term constipation is one of the important causes of bowel cancer. Why is this?
In constipation, the food residue remaining in the intestines after digestion will be utilized and fermented by the bacteria in the intestines, producing many harmful substances, causing alkalization in the intestines, making it difficult for beneficial bacteria to survive. Dry feces will also cause the intestinal muscles to remain in a state of tension, and at the same time cause local blood circulation disorders and blood flow stasis in the intestinal wall. In addition, carcinogens in the intestines cannot be eliminated for a long time due to constipation. These harmful substances are constantly in contact with cells on the surface of the intestine. Over time, harmful substances will directly cause the death or mutation of intestinal wall cells and cause intestinal cancer.
Patients suffering from constipation have a significantly higher incidence of bowel cancer than normal people. According to data, about 10% of patients with severe constipation suffer from colon cancer and rectal cancer. Therefore, preventing constipation is an important measure to prevent the occurrence of bowel cancer.
It is worth reminding that the symptoms of bowel cancer are easily confused with other diseases. Many patients have pus and blood in the stool, mucus and blood in the stool, abdominal pain with masses, anemia, and intermittent fever as the main clinical symptoms, which are often misdiagnosed as bacterial dysentery and internal hemorrhoids. , Chronic enteritis, acute and chronic intestinal obstruction, intussusception, iron deficiency anemia and intestinal tuberculosis. Therefore, for long-term constipation, especially the elderly, if the above symptoms occur, patients and medical staff should pay attention.