If you suffer from chronic constipation, your risk of colorectal cancer increases significantly. A study at the University of Newcastle in England found that prolonged constipation boosts cancer risk by a factor of 1.78. It also more than doubles the occurrence of benign neoplasms (growths that are not cancerous).
“In this study, patients with chronic constipation were found to be at increased risk of developing colorectal cancer and benign neoplasms,” says researcher Dr. Nicholas Talley. “Although chronic constipation is considered a relatively benign disease, practitioners should be aware of this potential association to monitor and treat accordingly. We encourage anyone with questions related to their condition to talk to their health care professional…”