Colon Cancer

90% of diagnoses of colorectal cancer (CRC) are in people greater than 50 years of age, however the incidence in younger people is rising. CRC is 35-40% more common in men than in women and 20% higher among African Americans that Caucasians. Most CRC begin as non-cancerous lesions also known as polyps; in the innermost layer of colon or rectum. Polyps are concerning because they can become cancerous. The invasiveness of CRC lies in the fact that CRC tumors tend to traverse all layers of the colorectal tissues. If a tumor reaches nearby blood and lymph, then metastasis or spreading of the cancer has occurred. CATCHING CRC EARLY IS IMPORTANT. Here are Warning Signs to look out for:

  • Changes in bowel movements or the stool itself
  • Constant urge to empty bowels
  • Blood in stool/rectum
  • Diarrhea alternating with constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Unintentional Weight loss (UWL)
  • Night sweats

Risk Factors for CRC can be classified as Modifiable (things that you can change) and Non-modifiable (things that cannot be changed).

Modifiable Risk Factors include: Obesity/overweight, Diet high in red meats an processed foods, Smoking (especially over 35 years duration) and increased alcohol intake.

Non-Modifiable Risk Factors include: Family History – A first degree relative with CRC means an 18% chance of having CRC. Only 20% of colon cancers are associated with a family history. Most CRCs occur spontaneously.

Screening for CRC can include a Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) and/or a colonoscopy as the Gold Standard of diagnosing colon cancer. Men and women with no family history of CRC should be screened yearly with a FIT. People with a first degree relative with CRC are at a higher risk and may be referred for a FIT test for screening well before the first degree relative was diagnosed with CRC. Colonoscopy is recommended at 50 years of age, or 10 years earlier than the age at which their relative was diagnosed – whichever happens first. Tumor marker carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is not diagnostic for CRC, but it is a good marker to track cancer burden and treatment progression in an individual already diagnosed with CRC.

Nardella Clinic Naturopathic Therapies Used for the Treatment of Colorectal Cancer

  • Intravenous Ozone 
  • Hyperbaric Medicine
  • Herbal and Nutrient Therapy
  • Dietary Interventions
  • Intravenous Vitamin C, curcumin and artesunate

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