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Sick Opposition: 'I Have Colon Cancer Says Tsvangirai'

MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai has revealed he has cancer of the colon and is undergoing treatment in South Africa.

Tsvangirai confirmed in a statement early Monday that, doctors in both Zimbabwe and South Africa, had conducted tests and confirmed he had cancer.

“On May 8, 2016, my Zimbabwean doctors referred me to South Africa, where a further diagnosis revealed that I am suffering from cancer of the colon,” he said.

Tsvangirai missed a crucial MDC-T protest rally in Mutare last week, with the party saying he had gone for a routine review.
Morgan Tsvangirai has Cancer of the Colon 

He left Zimbabwe for South Africa on Sunday afternoon - and has begun chemotherapy

What is colon cancer?  
Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 51,783 Americans died from colon cancer in 2011 (the most recent year for available data). The disease affects slightly more men than women, and risk increases with age.

"Colon cancer is a growth in the colon that usually arises from a polyp. Sometimes the polyps look like stalks of cauliflower, sometimes they're flat," said Dr. Richard Goldberg. 

Causes
Excluding very rare types, colon cancer develops in the cells lining the inside of the colon and/or rectum. 

The colon, or large intestine, is a curving structure that continues the digestion of food from the small intestine, absorbs liquid out of the stool and carries it down to the rectum for elimination.

While there is no specific cause of colon cancer, certain factors can increase risk of developing the disease. These factors include genetics, diet and health. Individuals with a family history of colon cancer, especially if more than one relative has had the disease, are at increased risk. 

Also, two genetic syndromes, familial adenomatous polyposis and Lynch syndrome, have been associated with colon cancer.

A diet rich in fat and red meat may increase disease risk. Colon cancer is rare in countries where red meat is less common on the menu. For instance, "Colon cancer is quite rare in Japan, although it's becoming more common as their diet becomes Westernised," Goldberg said.

First-generation Japanese immigrants who move to Hawaii notice an uptick in colon cancer rates, and "after a generation, the immigrants adopt the incidence of their adopted country," Goldberg said.

In addition, heavy alcohol use as well as smoking may contribute to a colon cancer diagnosis. Health factors such as obesity, diabetes and lack of exercise are associated with increased risk. 

Moreover, inflammatory disease such as other types of cancer or conditions such as ulcerative colitis can increase the likelihood of developing colon cancer. - Online Sources 


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