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What Do You Know About Colorectal Cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths.

What is colorectal cancer?

Abnormal cells that grow in the lining of your colon or rectum. These are called polyps – most are harmless – but these polyps can turn into cancer if not removed early.  Colorectal cancer is a cancer that usually develops over a number of years, if polyps are left untreated. Colorectal cancer doesn’t have early warning signs, so it is important to get checked.

Who’s at risk?

If you have a family history of polyps or colorectal cancer.

If you are over the age of 50 your chances are increased.

If you have other health issues, such as IBS, ulcerated colitis; Crohn’s disease also increases the risk.

What can you do to protect yourself?

Get a colonoscopy after age 50. Every ten years if no concerns. Your doctor will recommend sooner if polyps are found.

Try to avoid eating a lot of red meat, processed foods, diets high in fried foods, grilled and broiled and those meats cooked at high temperatures, smoking and avoid heavy alcohol use.

The American Cancer Society recommends regular exercise and eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables with whole grains, and also to keep yourself at a healthy weight. This will help prevent colorectal cancers.

Body and Skin Health has supplements that help keep your colon healthy, such as Vitamin D3, Antioxidant OPC3 and Ultimate Aloe.

I’m Sharon Smith, your health and wellness coach, and I believe your health is your greatest asset.  Contact me at sharon@bodyandskinhealth.com for more information.