Since March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we are shouting from the rooftops to everyone older than fifty to get a colonoscopy! Half of all Americans 50+ have not had a colonoscopy, but if they did, the number of colorectal cancer cases would decrease by an estimated eighty percent.
Take the time to learn more about the disease and how it can be prevented and treated. CLICK HERE to see a video from Summa Colorectal Surgeon Joel Porter, MD, as he discusses guidelines for when you and your loved ones should begin having routine colonoscopies and the risk factors and symptoms of colorectal cancer. (If the link didn’t work, try this one).
If you take one thing away from today’s blog post and video (OK, a few things), it’s that not only is colorectal cancer one of the most common and deadly cancers in America, it is also highly preventable. But it’s up to you. Lower your risk by following these recommendations from the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons:
- Have regular colorectal cancer screenings after age 50; after age 45 for African Americans (due to a higher rate of incidence)
- Eat a low-fat, high-fiber diet
- Consume only a moderate amount of alcohol
- Quit all tobacco products, especially cigarettes
- Exercise for at least 20 minutes, three to four times per week
To find out more or schedule a colonoscopy with a Summa colorectal surgeon, general surgeon or gastroenterologist, visit summahealth.org/colon or call 330-379-5111.