Faculty Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM)

Inside Colon

Colorectal cancer  (CRC) is one of the most common and lethal malignancies in Western countries. It is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer and the second cancer with the highest mortality rate in Europe. Importantly, an increase in CRC incidence in young adults (individuals below 50 years of age) has been observed in different parts of the world, such as the USA and Australia. CRC is one of the few cancers that can be prevented through regular screening. Screening is crucial because when found early, CRC is highly treatable. Therefore, building awareness is extremely important to increase screening rates and decrease mortality.

The colon is the home to trillions of bacteria and fungi, all making up your gut microbiome. These bacteria are essential for your everyday life, and we need many of them to survive. They contribute to digesting our food and harvesting nutrients, as well as fighting off infection and playing a role in our immune system. The gut microbiota has the ability to break down non-digestible substrates like dietary fibers. However, some microbes can have a detrimental effect as well, particularly if a tumor is present.

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