In the colon and rectum, this unregulated growth can cause polyps to form. ... Non-neoplastic polyps typically do not become cancerous. Inflammatory polyps may be seen with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease of the colon.

Research suggests that eating less of the following foods may have health benefits and may lower your chances of developing polyps:fatty foods, such as fried foods.red meat, such as beef and pork.processed meat, such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and lunch meats.

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.