March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and I want to educate the public on some preemptive steps and lifestyle changes that can successfully alter the development of this disease. In order to make healthy changes in your life, it’s important to recognize the culprits.
A study in Denmark, published in the British Medical Journal, followed a large number of the population for their incidence of developing colorectal cancer with specific attention to lifestyle factors. The 55,487 men and women aged 50-64 that were studied, had not been previously diagnosed with colorectal cancer. After following them for nearly a decade, 678 people with unhealthy habits developed colorectal cancer. Below are five main factors that lead to their diagnosis and should be avoided:
Making healthy choices and reducing or eliminating the five main culprits could reduce your risk for developing colorectal cancer by 23 percent. The study reveals that even modest differences in lifestyle could have a substantial impact. It’s never too late to improve your well-being. Below are five healthy lifestyle recommendations to ward off cancer:
In addition to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, screening for colorectal cancer is the key to prevention. If the screening guidelines were rigorously adhered to, almost all of colorectal cancer cases could be caught in the early or precancerous stages. Unless you’re at higher-than-average risk for colon cancer, you should begin regular colonoscopies at age 50. Your personal and family history will determine the frequency. In addition, if you notice any signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer, consult your physician immediately.
Learn more about colorectal cancer screening from Dr. Nurkin on Roswellness Radio.