What can you do to reduce your risk of developing colon cancer?
You’ll need to make some lifestyle changes. First, change your diet. Foods high in fiber and low in fat and calories can help you lower your risk for becoming a colon cancer statistic. Watch your intake of high fat foods, such as red meat. You also should increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables to 5 or more servings each day.
Stop smoking. And, if you must drink alcohol, do so only in moderation.
Lose weight. The American Cancer Society suggests exercising regularly…at least 30 minutes several days a week.
If you’re African-American, you have a higher incidence of developing colon cancer that any other racial or ethnic group. Incidence rates in this group averaged 12.3% higher than those in Caucasians and a higher proportion of African-Americans are younger than 50 years of age at diagnosis. And, sadly survival from colorectal cancer in African-Americans is lower than in Caucasians.
Most importantly, stay informed about colon cancer. Talk to your doctor and follow the colon cancer testing guidelines.
If you have any questions about screening guidelines or need to schedule an appointment, call our office today. Dr. Anees have performed thousands of screening colonoscopy exams and can address any concerns you may have. We’re here Monday through Friday, 8AM until 4PM.