March is Colorectal Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Awareness Month

By March 25, 2013 Blog No Comments

blue_ribbon_thumbThe blue ribbon may not be as universally recognized as the ubiquitous breast cancer pink; but, colorectal awareness is a very important issue. Why? Because, when discovered early, colon cancer is 90% CURABLE. The other important reason to raise awareness is that people, in general don’t like to discuss their colons. Well, let’s get past that for a minute and look at the facts.

 

What age should you be screened?

  • 50 years of age, with no family history or other risk factors
  • 45 years of age is you are African-American
  • See your doctor is you have a family history of colon cancer to determine what is the best course of treatment for you.

What can I do to reduce my risk?

  • stop smoking
  • maintain a healthy weight
  • eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits
  • limit fats and red meats
  • be active during the day, if you have a desk job plan times to get ¬†up and walk around at regular intervals
  • get regular exercise
  • limit your alcohol (no more than 2 drinks per day for men, no more than 1 per day for women)