Constipation is a very uncomfortable condition where a person finds it hard to expel his or her body’s waste matter.
Though it is accompanied by great discomfort, constipation is in itself not serious.
Normal frequency of bowel movement can be anywhere from three times a day to three times a week.
Constipation can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition, like colon cancer. However, it doesn’t mean that being constipated equals having colon cancer.
A number of things could cause one to be constipated; too much fat and not enough fiber and water in the diet, lack of physical activity, and taking some medications are among the common causes. There is no evidence to link constipation as a cause of colon cancer.
Doctors believe that most colon cancers start out as colon polyps, which are benign growths on the walls of the colon or rectum. These growths develop when cell growth in the lining of the colon becomes uncontrolled because of chromosome damage. Constipation therefore cannot influence the formation of colon polyps.
What could link constipation to colon cancer is diet and lifestyle. A high-fat, low-fiber diet is known to contribute to the occurrence of both constipation and colon cancer. A sedentary lifestyle also contributes to both constipation and colon cancer.
Changing one’s diet to a low-fat, high-fiber one, and getting enough exercise or physical activity, can help reduce the risk of constipation and colon cancer, and other medical conditions as well.