“Colorectal 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:
- 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
Who is at risk?
Those with a family history of osteoporosis, family history of hip or spine fractures, being a postmenopausal female, low body weight, restricted diet including history of eating disorders or frequent dieting, smoking, prednisone use, thyroid disease, history of fracturing a bone after the age of forty, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic liver or kidney disease, being Caucasian or Asian, having type 1 diabetes, not exercising or excessive exercising, vitamin D deficiency, and drinking too much alcohol or caffeine, as well as female athletes who have a restricted diet and burn more calories than they consume daily.
What should you do if this describes you?
You should see your physician and get screened for osteoporosis!
How do you maximize good bone health?
If you smoke, QUIT!
Be sure you are getting enough calcium in your daily diet. Under age 50, you should be getting 1,000 mg. If you are over the age of 50, you should be getting at least 1,200 mg.
Vitamin D3 should also be included in your dietary intake.
Eat well-rounded meals
Make sure your home is fall-proof
Moderate caffeine use
Take any prescriptions for bone health, as prescribed by your doctor.