As its name suggests, anal cancer manifests in the person’s anus. Sometimes anal cancer doesn’t show any symptoms at all, but the first symptom is usually bleeding. This bleeding is mostly minor, and people assume hemorrhoids cause this.
Eventually, bleeding will give way to other more worrisome warning signs such as anal itching, a nodule or mass at the opening of the anus, pain or a feeling of fullness in the anal area, ribbon-like stool or other changes in bowel movements, abnormal secretions from the anus, and enlarged lymph nodes in the groin areas.
Helping Someone With Cancer
If you know someone who is in this medical state, it is best to provide supportive counseling and help them go through the whole ordeal. You can help the person consider different treatment options ranging from the aggressive to alternative modalities. Modern medicine has birthed different types of medicinal and surgical interventions which aim to reduce the mortalities and morbidities associated with anal cancer. As a support system, your role is only to offer reliable information, but the health decision will remain solely in the patient’s prerogative.
For preventive purposes and relief of symptoms, the following plant products have scientifically proven their positive results in cancer treatments. You can refer this information to someone who is at high risk of developing cancer or those who are already diagnosed as having one. It is important to remember that this will not replace the traditional treatment and should not be considered as the primary intervention. Always advise to consult the oncologist or treating doctor if this method is utilized.
Onions And Garlic
Onions and garlic have intense flavors that can leave an after-taste in your mouth, but you may want to reevaluate when you realize onions and garlic are nature’s weapons against cancer.
These two common household cooking ingredients are laden with manganese, vitamin B6, allicin, sulfuric compounds, vitamin C, copper, and selenium which stimulate the body’s production of glutathione, a potent antioxidant for the liver. This naturally-occurring chemical boosts the body’s detoxification process (Bollinger, 2018).
Onion alone is packed with large quantities of quercetin, another antioxidant which reduces the malignant cells present in the rectum. Hence, including it in your diet may reduce the size and number of cancerous cells.
One study showed an increased daily consumption of onions and garlic led to significantly reduced chances of the development of laryngeal colorectal, and ovarian cancers.
It is best known as a crucial ingredient for curry dishes, but soon, we will all be looking at turmeric both for its culinary and therapeutic benefits.
Curcumin is the active component in the plant and has been shown to prevent several forms of cancer including breast, stomach, liver, lung, and colon through its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin inhibits the development of cancer by interfering with the communication between malignant cells.
A study showed colorectal patients could take as much as 3.6 grams of pure curcumin without any ill effects. Curcumin isn’t well-absorbed in the bloodstream, but it is well-absorbed in the colon lining which gives it an advantage against cancerous tissues developing in the colon and the anus.
The carrot is more than just a bright orange addition to different dishes. Carrots are rich with essential and beneficial nutrients including vitamins A, C, K, folate, and choline. With this abundance of vitamins and minerals, carrots provide an anti-oxidant, anti-cancer, and immune-enhancing properties.
Specifically, carrots contain carotenoids – healthy antioxidants which neutralize free radicals in the human body. When the body has enough carotenoids, DNA damage is reduced therefore preventing the manifestation of different forms of cancer.
When you have rectal cancer, your bowel movements will be severely affected because of pain in the stomach and the rectal area. To overcome this, bananas – a food source rich in fiber – are highly recommended. The downside of eating bananas is that it can lead to constipation if too much intake is allowed. Straining during defecation can create injury in the anal area, and this should be prevented from happening. Eat bananas sparingly and only if you are not constipated for the time being. Other than this, it is safe to consume at least two bananas per day.
Whether you decide to nick anal cancer in the hospital or supplement your treatment with home remedies, what matters most is for you to be active and take charge of your health!
Bollinger, T. 2018, The Benefits of Onions and Garlic: Nature’s Weapons against Cancer, The Truth About Cancer. Viewed 17 May 2018, <https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/benefits-onions-garlic-natures-weapons-cancer-2/>.