The best way to add fiber into your diet is through fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, such as raspberries, pears, apples, bananas, oranges, cooked artichoke, peas, broccoli and corn. Whole grains and legumes are also good sources of fiber. Fiber aids colon health by helping to keep you regular and prevent constipation.

Signs and symptoms of colon cancer include: A change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency of your stool, that lasts longer than four weeks. Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool. Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain.

The colon absorbs water from waste. This creates feces. For every foot of colon the body can store between 5 and 10 pounds of feces. So if you're just over five foot tall you could easily have 25 pounds of poop stuck in your colon.

Common colon cancer symptoms include: Blood in your stool or bleeding from the rectum. ... Change in bowel habits or blood in the toilet after having a bowel movement. Change in the appearance of the stool, or dark / black-colored stools.

Common local symptoms include: Changes in your bowel habits. Constipation. Diarrhea. Alternating diarrhea and constipation. Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool. Abdominal bloating, cramps or discomfort. A feeling that your bowel doesn't empty completely. Stools that are thinner than normal.

When the disease -- at any stage -- causes symptoms, they may include: Blood (usually dark red or black) in the stool. Constipation and diarrhea. ... Long, thin, pencil-like stools. ... Fatigue and weakness. ... Abdominal pain or bloating. ... Unexplained weight loss.

Diets that include lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains have been linked with a decreased risk of colon or rectal cancer. Eat less red meat (beef, pork, or lamb) and processed meats (hot dogs and some luncheon meats), which have been linked with an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

Certain types of diets. A diet that's high in red meats (such as beef, pork, lamb, or liver) and processed meats (like hot dogs and some luncheon meats) raises your colorectal cancer risk.

Calcium and Vitamin D. Recent studies have suggested that these two substances may not only strengthen bones, but may also help fight off colon cancer. Good sources of calcium include: milk, cheese, yogurt, salmon, sardines, and dark-green leafy vegetables such as kale, mustard, and collard greens.