5. Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
IBD, which encompasses both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, is a positive factor in producing cancer. Let’s break it down in simpler terms.
IBD is actually an inflammation of the colon and rectum. As more cells are produced and removed during this time period, there might be some miscalculations resulting in increased cell formation, causing cancer.
So, if you have chronic inflammatory bowel disease, it would be a great idea to start screenings for colorectal cancers as soon as possible. There is a piece of good news, though. Not all IBD leads to cancer, but the risk is still present.
The good practice is to start the screen as soon as possible. You can start during your adolescence or in your early 20s. But you should start as soon as possible, especially if someone else in your family has cancer of the colon and rectum.
4. Changes in Your Bowel Habits
3. The Presence of Adenomatous Polyps
In order to get familiar with polyps, you need to know what they are. This is a form of abnormal cell growth that is often small and non-cancerous. That being said, it can be problematic.
The problem is that some polyps, called adenomas, can turn into malignant polyps. The adenomas are mainly present in the colon and rectum.
They’re typically removed in the early stages to prevent cancer from growing and spreading throughout your body, but in some diseases or syndromes, even colon cancer can prevail without the formation of polyps. A clear example is Lynch syndrome.
So, if you or your first relatives have any sort of polyps, you should consider the screening early in your life to remain safe from these kinds of cancer.