Colorectal Cancer & Africans

Colorectal Cancer in Africans

Second generation Africans and Asians that have migrated to the US over the years have been found to develop colon cancer due to the diet culture they imbibe in their host country. They eat more of red meat, less fibre foods, high carbohydrate diet, high fat diet and most especially high carbonated drinks. Colorectal Cancer is the 5th Cancer killing Nigerians after Breast, Cervical, Lung and Prostrate. This is quite an underestimation as we don’t carry out post-moterm routinely on dead people. Moreover, quite a number of deaths are not reported – Dr. Adedapo Osinowo

There is no logical data in Nigeria that shows the percentage of people affected by colon cancer, but it is evident that there is an increase due to the new cases. every doctor is seeing one or more cases now and then According to Globalcan in 2012, it was stated that Colorectal cancer was the 7th common malignancy in Nigeria. This is quite an underestimation today as we don’t carry out postmoterm routinely on dead people. Moreover, quite a number of deaths are not reported – Dr. Adedapo Osinowo

Symptoms of this disease are as follows. These symptoms are not verified until proper tests (Fecal Occult Blood Tests) have been carried out. 

  • Asymptomatic - may have the disease without it showing

  • A change in bowel habits, including diarrhea, constipation, and a change in the consistency of stool or narrowing of the stool or stool becomes smaller in size lasting more than 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Rectal bleeding or blood in stool

  • Persistent abdominal discomfort such as cramps, gas, or pain

  • A feeling that bowel doesn’t empty completely you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by doing so.

  • Weakness or fatigue

  • Unexplained weight loss

Colorectal Cancer & Africans

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