In 2012, 14.1 million people world wide were diagnosed with colon cancer. Of that number 8 million died from the disease.The Mayo Clinic indicates, that colon cancer often has no symptoms, in it’s beginning stages. As it advances, signs of coloretal cancer can include: changes in stool consistency, diarrhea, constipation, bright blood in stools, or dark stools.
Shortly before a colonostomy revealed that my grandmother had colon cancer, I had already warned my husband. of the possibility. This was because of two changes I noticed with her bowels, that were not on the list of symptoms.
When my grandma used the facilities, she began to have a strong, fowl odor that carried throughout the house, which was not the norm for her. According to Dr. Oz,, and other medical experts, stool odor may result from infections, medication, or the meal you ate the night before. I never read it to be a forewarning of colon cancer.
The consistency of grandmother’s stools changed from soft and formed to looking like soft mud. And she was having these fowl smelling, soft mud lie bowel movements 2 and 3 time a day. What I really paid attention to, was that my grandmother had begun eating a lot of ice.
y daughter was eating a lot of ice, just before being diagnosed as anemic. I suspected that my grandmother was losing blood in her stool. The colonostomy revealed this is indeed what was happening, even though grandma’ s stools were not bloody or very dark.
Once she had surgery to remove the cancerous polyps, my grandmothers system went back to normal.There was never a reassurance of the cancer. We were told, that my grandmother’s sedentary lifestyle, may have contributed to the colon cancer.
She could not walk as she desired, because of pain, fro bad knees an hips, plus using oxygen.It is always better to be safe than sorry. Any changes in bowel habits that are not the norm for you or a loved one, should be checked out quickly. Eve iif they are not on a list of known symptoms.