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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S among cancers that affect both sexes. Early detection and better treatments have lead to better outcomes for many colorectal cancer patients. A healthy lifestyle—eating lots of fruits & vegetables and limiting red and processed meats, exercising and maintaining a healthy BMI, not smoking—can reduce your risk for the disease. Certain risk factors exist that are out of your control, such as family history of the disease and having Crohn’s or another inflammatory bowel disease, can also increase your risk. It is recommended that most adults get screened for this type of cancer starting at age 50, but it’s important to discuss your risk factors with your doctor to determine the right age and screening regimen for you. For more information on colorectal cancer, read the CDC’s Screen for Life informational sheet.

Some people avoid getting screened because they don’t like the idea of getting a colonoscopy, but there are other testing options available that you can discuss with your doctor. Early detection can save lives, so if you’re over age 50 don’t put off your screening any longer!

Colorectal Cancer: Know Your Risk

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. There are often no symptoms until the disease has progressed. Symptoms can include stomach pain or cramps that don’t go away, weight loss or blood in your stool. Colorectal cancer can be cured if it is caught and treated early. For the general population, it is recommendation you get screened starting at age 50. There are several different screening options, so talk to your doctor about which ones and what schedule is right for you. Many people put off their screening because they don’t want a colonoscopy, but there are other, less invasive tests that may be an option. Your doctor can discuss which screenings are best for you given your risk factors. If you have a family history of the disease, your doctor may suggest you get screened earlier than 50 years of age. You can lower your risk by eating a high fiber diet with lots of fruits and veggies, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising and limiting tobacco and alcohol use.

For more information on colorectal cancer, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

March Newsletter: Spring Has Arrived!

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Our March newsletter has information on Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, healthy eating, recommitting to your resolutions and more! Click here to read our March newsletter.