March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

colonColorectal cancer screening saves lives. If everyone who is 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.”

Colon Cancer is the Third Most Common Cancer in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it.

Symptoms of colon cancer include:

  • Blood in or on the stool (bowel movement).
  • Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away.
  • Losing weight and you don’t know why.

If you do not have any family history of colon cancer, you should begin having screenings at age 50. KNOW YOUR STATUS!

Ways to reduce your risk:

  • Exercise
  • Eliminate Processed Meats, Cut Back on Red Meat and Meats Cooked at High Temperatures
  • Eat Veggies
  • Use Probiotics
  • Make sure you are getting enough vitamin D
  • Limit your consumption of sugars and refined grains
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Don’t smoke
  • Considering a natural detox regimen, from time to time

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/colorectalawareness/

http://www.cncahealth.com/health-info/general/colon-health-tips.htm

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