National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Do You Know Your Risk?

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Colorectal cancer, which is commonly referred to as colon cancer, is a cancer that affects more than 140,000 Americans every year. This cancer is generally diagnosed in people over the age of 50, and it is often fatal because it does not show symptoms until late stages. If you are aware of your personal risk for colon cancer, you and your doctor can plan your medical care better so that the risk of late-stage diagnosis is reduced. Here are the steps you can take to get in-tune with your colorectal cancer risk .

Evaluate Your Diet
Eating habits are directly linked to colon cancer risk, so the first step in improving your colon health is evaluating what you eat. Diets that are high in processed foods, red meat, and fried foods are linked to high risk for colon cancer, so these should be consumed in very limited quantities. Foods that will help you prevent colon cancer include fresh fruits, vegetables, and high-fiber whole grains.

Talk to Your Doctor
Certain medical conditions—such as colorectal polyps, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis—can lead to the development of colon cancer, so it is important to communicate with your doctor about your personal and family history of these conditions. When you discuss these health issues, your doctor will be able to guide you to better medical treatments and lifestyle changes that will reduce your cancer risk.

Get Tested After 50
Screening with colonoscopy is the best tool available for early colon cancer detection . It is recommended for adults between the ages of 50 and 75, and your doctor can help you decide when the best time is to have your first colonoscopy.

If you want to schedule a colonoscopy, contact MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474. We are also offering classes and events throughout the month of March to help you stay healthy and lower your risk for colorectal cancer. Browse these events and be sure to reserve your spot at our H2U Lunch & Learn, “Colon Health and the Importance of a Colonoscopy,” on our website.

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