Diagnosing Symptoms of Colon Cancer

The symptoms of colon cancer are not always easy to link to the disease, but some knowledge about them can help patients identify which symptoms should be brought to the attention of cancer specialists. Since the colon is part of the digestive system, when a cancer hits it, the earliest symptoms will affect a person’s digestive process. Unfortunately, since stomach upsets can be common and may not alert a person of an underlying disease, colon cancer is not easy to identify. This is why many cancer specialists recommend that people should get regular screening especially once they hit the age of 50 when the risk for colon cancer significantly increases.

Local Symptoms of Colon Cancer

When the symptoms start manifesting, they often come from either of two varieties: local and systemic. Local symptoms are those that affect the colon itself, which means they also affect the patient’s bathroom habits. These include abnormal changes in bowel movement, constipation, diarrhea, or both in an intermittent/alternating schedule, and bloody or black stools. Some patients also experience ‘pencil stools’ or stools that are very thin and does not seem to completely empty the body of waste. These may also be accompanied by abdominal discomfort, bloating, gas pains, and cramps. If a patient experiences these symptoms and they do not go away for one week, two weeks, or longer, he should approach a hospital and arrange for tests.

Systemic Symptoms of Colon Cancer

Systemic symptoms, on the other hand, are those that affect not just the digestive system but the entire body. These include rapid weight loss without any effort to reduce weight, loss of appetite, unexplained fatigue, anemia, jaundice, nausea, and vomiting. If these manifest in a patient, even for just a few days, he should call a doctor immediately for testing. (more…)

Skin Care Remedies

There a lot of skincare products that has been circling around the market lately. They promise clear, soft, supple, flawless skin. Others are intended to cure the skin from acne, black heads, white heads, acne scars, and other skin problems. Some of these products are effective but the effective tend to be the most expensive ones, too. Some facial wash may cost 25 dollars per tube and can be used only for like 7 washes. These skincare products might be effective but are they really worth the price? Are there any natural skincare remedies that can be an alternative for these expensive skincare products?

There are different types of skin problems that can be fixed even at home just by using common ingredients that can also be found at home or in the garden. For example, problems with skin darkening in the armpits, groins, knees, elbows and many different places can be fixed with lemon and salt. Squeeze the lemon to extract the juice and add a few pinches of salt. Let the salt mix and melt with the juice then apply this to the affected area. Freshly sliced lemon can be applied directly as well. The results will show after continuously doing this everyday for about 2 weeks. The skin will lighten and it will also leave the skin feeling smooth.

If the problem is dryness then using natural skincare remedies moisturizer will be good for the skin, too. Using your average oatmeal – not the instant cook one, mix the oatmeal with some milk and then apply it to the face. Let it stay there for 15-20 minutes every day will make the skin smooth and supple. Another home remedy for dry skin is using milk alone. Put milk on a small bowl and let it reach room temperature. Use cotton balls to apply milk to the face and let it stay there for 20 minutes then rinse face with lukewarm water and the results will show at once. Your skin will instantly become soft and smooth. (more…)

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