Stress and Colon Cancer

Stress is an integral part of most people’s lives. But when that stress becomes distress, it can have serious effects on the efficiency of the colon, even to the point of it becoming cancerous.

Traumatic stress reduces the body’s ability to protect itself from attack by infections, and from diseases such as colon cancer. When a trauma is experienced, the body has received a ‘shock’ from which it normally recovers. However, a stressful experience can have the effect of disabling the normal functioning of the body, so that specific organs, such as the colon, are attacked to the point where recovery is lessened. The immune system, which fights infection, is also weakened when you come under stress.

The colon responds strongly to various stimuli, like foods or stress; and while these do not bother most people, they can have a negative effect on others.

One of the organs that is vulnerable to disease is the colon. Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is associated with stressful conditions, and if not treated, can lead to serious health problems.

In people with IBS, stress and other strong emotions can strongly affect the colon in a negative way. As with many other organs, it, too, has many nerves that connect it to the brain. The heart, lungs and colon are partly controlled by the autonomic nervous system, and this responds to stress. That’s why when you are frightened, your heart beats faster, your blood pressure rises, or you may gasp for breath. The colon also responds to stress.

Let me list some things that have been linked with a worsening of Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms: eating large meals can lead to bloating from gas in the colon; having to take certain medicines; foods, such as, wheat, rye, barley, chocolate, milk products, or alcohol can exasperate the problem; drinks with caffeine in them, such as, coffee, tea, or colas; and the one we are concerned about in this brief article – situations of stress, living in the midst of conflict, or even emotional upsets, can all lead towards a worsening colon condition.

However, there is help available. You can inform yourself about this condition, and perhaps make simple life-style changes that could improve your health, and save you a lot of trouble in the future. Just click on the link below to see other actions you might be willing to take to spare you and your family unnecessary worry.