Link between Colon cancer and IBS
Posted 11 May 2011 - 05:09 AM
Posted 11 May 2011 - 05:33 AM
Posted 11 May 2011 - 06:09 AM
Yes interesting perspective. Also I read that Though Vegitarians have decreased risk of cancer ganerally, they have noted colon cancer is increased in this grouptony
I don't reckon there is a link because if current estimates are correct 1 in 5 people have IBS whereas the number that go onto get colon cancer is much less. My GP said having IBS is almost a good thing because sufferers tend to notice changes in their bowel habit much more so than normal people. There are conflicting reports that people who ate a high fibre diet had less incidences of cancer, but this report has since been disputed and others think your risk is lower if you are not constipated on a regular basis. There are some people that are at increased risk of colon cancer including those with Crohn's disease, ulcerative Colitis, Coeliac disease and an inherited disorder called FAP. For Crohn's, Colitis and Coeliac disease the link increases with how young you were when you were diagnosed and with severity of the disease. In saying that I know many people who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer that have never had any problems with their bowels, so its much more to do with a sudden change in bowel habit from my understanding, not with an ongoing problem such as IBS. With IBS if you are having any new symptoms, especially if you are over 50 it is important to go back to the doctor about any changes in bowel habit.
Posted 11 May 2011 - 07:06 AM