Colon Cancer Awareness
Monday, May 22, 2017
Colon cancer may be an uncomfortable topic to discuss, but the alternatives are far worse. In an effort to raise awareness and promote screening, the American Cancer Society declared March as Colon Cancer Awareness month, but at the Colon and Rectal Disease Center, we address this subject each and every day.
As the second leading cause of cancer death in the US, colorectal (colon) cancer impacts the lives of more than 140,000 people each year, even though it is highly treatable. Though it is most common in men and women over the age of 50, it can develop at any age.
With proper prevention and screening, we can dramatically reduce the number of colon cancer deaths each year. Minimize your risk with these simple steps:
· Don’t smoke. Smokers are 18% more likely to develop colon cancer.
· Choose your meat wisely. Diets heavy in processed, salted, smoked, red, or cured meats are closely linked to colon cancer.
· Moderate your alcohol intake. Drinking two or more drinks per day can increase your likelihood of developing colon cancer by as much as 21%; Four or more drinks: 52%!
· Exercise. Physical activity alone reduces risks for colon cancer. The added benefit of maintaining a healthy weight shouldn’t be overlooked, especially for men who are at a greater risk.
· Be aware of your family history and discuss it with your doctor. If you have a history of colon cancer, your doctor may have additional recommendations.
Of course, the best way to prevent colon cancer and stay informed is to get screened. If you are over 50 haven’t had a screening, you are putting yourself at unnecessary risk.
Contact the Colon and Rectal Disease Center today so you don’t have to worry tomorrow.