We all have a risk of developing cancer. Many cancers seem to develop for no apparent reason.
Cancer starts when cells in the body start to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer and can spread to other areas of the body.
One of the types of cancer is Colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum. These cancers can also be named colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where they start. Colon cancer and rectal cancer are often grouped together because they have many features in common.
How does colorectal cancer start?
Most colorectal cancers start as a growth on the inner lining of the colon or rectum. These growths are called polyps.
Some types of polyps can change into cancer over time (usually many years), but not all polyps become cancer. The chance of a polyp changing into cancer depends on the type of polyp it is. The 2 main types of polyps are:
- Adenomatous polyps (adenomas): These polyps sometimes change into cancer. Because of this, adenomas are called a pre-cancerous condition.
- Hyperplastic polyps and inflammatory polyps: These polyps are more common, but in general they are not pre-cancerous.
Other factors that can make a polyp more likely to contain cancer or increase someone’s risk of developing colorectal cancer include:
- If a polyp larger than 1 cm is found
- If more than 2 polyps are found
- If dysplasia is seen in the polyp after it’s removed. Dysplasia is another pre-cancerous condition. It means there’s an area in a polyp or in the lining of the colon or rectum where the cells look abnormal, but they don’t look like true cancer cells.
How colorectal cancer spreads
If cancer forms in a polyp, it can grow into the wall of the colon or rectum over time. The wall of the colon and rectum is made up of many layers. Colorectal cancer starts in the innermost layer (the mucosa) and can grow outward through some or all of the other layers.
When cancer cells are in the wall, they can then grow into blood vessels or lymph vessels (tiny channels that carry away waste and fluid). From there, they can travel to nearby lymph nodes or to distant parts of the body.
The stage (extent of spread) of a colorectal cancer depends on how deeply it grows into the wall and if it has spread outside the colon or rectum.
Have You Heard of Lauric Acid?
Since science still dominates the pharmaceutical industry and pharmaceutical companies still fund the largest number of medicinal researches, they remain mainly focused on financial gains, rather than protecting human health.
However, this does not mean that a great amount of important and beneficial research isn’t still published in prominent scientific journals.
One excellent example of this exception comes from the University of Adelaide, Australia, where researchers have found that lauric acid (which makes up 50% of coconut oil) can destroy over 93% of colon cancer cells in humans, about 48 hours after treatment, according to The Raw Food World.
The Powerful Coconut
The potential of organic coconut oil (we recommend this) to fight cancer has only recently been discovered, but its efficiency in the treatment of many diseases has long been known.
An all-natural remedy, coconut oil is a real weapon against many viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites, but it is also good for your digestion, liver, and the healing of skin and wounds.
Coconut oil has also been recently used to treat patients with heart diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes.
Its power lies in the lauric acid which can poison cancer cells by simultaneously causing oxidative stress, thereby significantly reducing the levels of glutathione, which cancer cells need to protect themselves against oxidative stress or excess exposure to oxygen radicals.
The experiments were performed in vitro in Petri dishes, or in vivo, in rats, with identical results in both tests.
The lauric acid is normally found in breast milk, and it’s a fatty acid that supports the immune system and one which possesses antimicrobial properties.
Clinical studies from the American Society for Nutrition have shown that the fat in organic coconut oil “may be useful in the treatment and prevention of conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, viral diseases (mononucleosis, hepatitis C, herpes …), gall bladder diseases, Crohn’s disease, as well as cancer”.
It has also been proven that coconut oil can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and improve the quality of life in cancer patients. Thus, it is very unfortunate that pharmaceutical companies do not want to fund further research into the miraculous effects of these natural compounds.