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Mar 1, 2017

Your health and Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer awareness and screenings can lead to early detection and a better chance of survival. There are also things you can do to reduce your risk of colon cancer, as well as other forms of cancer.

There is no cure for colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of U.S. cancer deaths.  However, early detection of the cancer—before it spreads to other organs—significantly increases an individual’s prognosis, to between an 87% to 92% survival rate.

Someone is diagnosed with colorectal cancer every 4 minutes and someone dies of the same cause every 10 minutes. You don’t have to be one of these statistics. Don’t put off testing because you have heard fecal blood testing is messy or that colonoscopy prep is time-consuming. Your health care team can explain both so they are relatively simple. Screening could save your life.

You should have a colonoscopy every 3-10 years, depending on your risk factors and the results of each intervention, if you
• Have a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps OR
• Are African-American OR
• Are 50 years old or older

No matter what your age or family history, you should also
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Exercise for 30 minutes at least 5 days per week
• Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
• Limit the amount of red meat to once or twice a week at the most
• Avoid fried foods
• Limit alcohol because alcohol increases cancer progressively with the amount ingested regularly
• Refrain from smoking and avoid spending time in smoke-filled rooms
• Consult with your integrative medicine doctor and use these approaches, including homeopathy, to keep all of your body systems functioning at their best and help with disease prevention

Beat the odds of being a colorectal cancer statistic. Contact your doctor about testing.

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