American Cancer Society has lowered the recommended screening age for colorectal cancer to age 45

Lower Your Risk for Colorectal Cancer

 

colon cancer

 

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the US. About 1 in 20 Americans develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime. However, the good news is that you can prevent or lower your colorectal cancer risk.

Here are 6 ways to help protect your colorectal health.

  • Get regular screenings for colorectal cancer: Screenings are tests that look for cancer before signs and symptoms develop. Colorectal screenings can often find growths called polyps that can be removed before they turn into cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends testing to start at age 45. One of the most effective and easy colorectal screenings is Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT). This screening method for hemoglobin in the stool is the new standard of care for early detection of blood which may be associated with colorectal cancer.
  • Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains: Vegetables, fruits, and whole grains have been linked with a decreased risk of colon or rectal cancer. Decrease the intake of red meat (beef, pork, or lamb) and processed meats (hot dogs and some luncheon meats). They increase the risk of colorectal cancer.
  • Get regular exercise: Increasing your physical activity helps reduce your risk for colorectal cancer. Commit to doing regular exercise.
  • Watch your weight: Overweight or obesity increases your risk of getting colorectal cancer. Therefore, eat healthy food and maintain your weight by increasing your physical activity.
  • Avoid smoking: Long-term smokers are more likely to develop colorectal cancer. Commit to quitting smoking. If you need help you can consult with your doctor. Getting help increases your chances of quitting successfully.
  • Limit alcohol: Excessive intake of alcohol increases the risk of colorectal cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends no more than 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women. A single drink amounts to 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1½ ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits (hard liquor).

Some changes in your lifestyle, food habits and regular screening can help you prevent colorectal cancer. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, it is important that you get screened. Contact Polymedco CDP, LLC. We are the leading manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of the Fecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) kit. Call 800-431-2123 / 914-739-5400 or email info@polymedco.com.

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