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I, 35 years old, step by step towards bowel cancer!

author:Dr. Zhang Yu, a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner

One of my patients: Mr. Li, a 35-year-old software developer with a successful career.

Not long ago, we were diagnosed with bowel cancer, and we both froze when we got the physical examination report.

What's going on here? Let's take a look at what he said.

One: Mr. Li's self-statement

1. Initial signs: changes in bowel habits

Just a little over a year ago it was just a subtle change in bowel habits.

I, 35 years old, step by step towards bowel cancer!

At that time, I just thought that it might be something that I had eaten, or a temporary problem caused by work pressure, and I didn't pay attention to it because I was busy with work.

2. Further deterioration: physical symptoms

Soon after, I saw a streak of bright red blood in my stool, sometimes only when I wiped it with paper.

I, 35 years old, step by step towards bowel cancer!

Other than that, my weight continued to drop, I didn't make any effort to lose weight, and my clothes became looser.

When I wake up at night, I often feel weak and pale.

3. Shocking diagnosis: colorectal cancer

I, 35 years old, step by step towards bowel cancer!

After a series of medical tests, including blood tests, CT scans, and finally a biopsy, the doctor's expression is solemn.

They told me it could be colorectal cancer. I was shocked and scared and uncertain.

4. Coping strategies: medical decision-making and psychological adjustment

In the face of news like this, I knew I had to act.

I opted for aggressive treatment, with surgery and chemotherapy being my next major tasks.

I, 35 years old, step by step towards bowel cancer!

I also started to learn more about bowel cancer and understand the treatment process and the impact it has on my life.

Looking back on the past year or so, I have been moving towards cancer step by step...

Hey, this is the case, I can only follow the doctor's treatment plan, I hope God will give me another chance to get back to my health

Bowel cancer, especially colorectal cancer, may not have noticeable symptoms in the early stages, but as the disease progresses, some symptoms may manifest themselves.

Second, here are some possible early symptoms:

1. Bowel habits have changed

For example, all of a sudden you often feel the need to run to the bathroom;

I, 35 years old, step by step towards bowel cancer!

Or, on the contrary, you find yourself having trouble having a smooth bowel movement;

These are all warning signs that your body may be trying to tell you.

You may also experience occasional diarrhea and constipation, or even a change in the shape and texture of your stool.

2. Discomfort in the abdomen

If you find yourself experiencing frequent abdominal discomfort, such as crampy pain or a feeling of gas.

I, 35 years old, step by step towards bowel cancer!

3, Fecal blood

If blood is found in the stool, whether it is mixed in or just wiped on toilet paper, this is a warning that should not be ignored.

I, 35 years old, step by step towards bowel cancer!

These symptoms, although they can also be seen in other milder conditions, do not necessarily occur because of cancer;

However, if they persist or become more severe, you should immediately go to the hospital for a thorough examination.

Third, the importance of early screening

Mr. Lee also said that any abnormal signals given by the body should not be ignored.

There may be no significant symptoms in the early stage of bowel cancer.

I, 35 years old, step by step towards bowel cancer!

He hopes to help others realize this and encourage everyone to take care of their health and get a medical check-up in a timely manner, especially if they have any unusual symptoms.

So what tests are needed to prevent bowel cancer?

1. Fecal occult blood test

It's an easy way to tell us if there's blood in our stool that's not visible to the naked eye;

I, 35 years old, step by step towards bowel cancer!

If there is, it may be that there is something wrong with the intestines.

2. Digital anal examination

Use your fingers to feel if there is anything unusual in your rectum, such as a tumor.

3. Colonoscopy

This test can see the inside of the entire large intestine;

If there is anything suspicious, you can also take a sample directly for more in-depth inspection.

I, 35 years old, step by step towards bowel cancer!

4. FIT-DNA combined detection

This method combines several indicators to more accurately detect early bowel cancer or precancerous lesions.

5. Tumor marker detection

These biomarkers can help us determine if cancer cells are present in the body.

6. Imaging examination

For example, a barium swallow X-ray, CT scan, or MRI can be used to see the structure and morphology of the large intestine from an external image, and to see if it has spread to other places.

I, 35 years old, step by step towards bowel cancer!

The appropriate examination items are different for each person, so it is important to follow the advice of a professional doctor to decide.

If you have any questions about these tests, be sure to talk to your doctor.

Remember, regular checkups are the best way to protect your health, and don't wait until you feel unwell.

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