Colon Cancer

This is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

A new report by the American Cancer Society shows death rates for colon cancer are down more than 30%, but colorectal cancer remains America’s third most common cancer.

How can I avoid Colorectal Cancer?

Some studies have found that people who take multi-vitamins containing folic acid, vitamin D, or calcium may lower colorectal cancer risk. Taking aspirin or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) is associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer, but these drugs can cause stomach ulcers and other side effects. This is why taking NSAIDs specifically for this purpose is not recommended for people at average colorectal cancer risk.

Colorectal Tests include

  • Colonoscopy, which checks the entire colon and rectum; every 10 years
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy, which checks rectum and lower colon; every 5 years
  • Fecal occult blood test, annually

How to avoid getting Colorectal Cancer

A diet high in fiber, fruit, vegetables, eating fresh fish and avoiding red meat may lower your odds of colorectal cancer by 12%, reports a recent review of more than 40 studies. Being overweight or obese raises the risk, especially in men.