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Colorectal Cancer: Understanding Your Risk and How to Prevent It

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woman with veggiesColorectal cancer, or cancer of the large intestine, is the second highest cause of cancer-related deaths and the third most diagnosed cancer among men and women. Luckily, modern technology makes screening for colorectal cancer much easier and, when detected early, it is a very treatable disease.

Risk Factors of Colorectal Cancer
Luckily, there are many things you can do to reduce your risk of developing this disease, even if some of the risk factors you have are unmanageable (age, family history). Dramatically reduce your risk of getting colorectal cancer by following these five simple rules.

1. Exercise.# In a recent study, exercise was linked to a 24 percent decreased risk of developing colorectal cancer. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise, five days a week.

2. Eat nutritious foods. Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fiber, fruits and veggies and limit processed meats.

3. Get Screened. Beginning at age 50, schedule routine colonoscopies at least every 10 years.

4. Manage Vices. People who consume more than seven alcoholic beverages a week have a 72 percent increased risk, whereas long-term smokers have up to a 164 percent increased risk of developing colorectal cancer.

5. Keep Your Weight in Check. Obese people (those with a BMI over 29) have a 20 percent increased risk of developing colorectal cancer, compared to those of normal weight.

Northside”s Advanced Center for GI Therapeutics
When caught early, colorectal cancer is very treatable and survival rates are high. The Advanced Center for GI Therapeutics offers the latest technology and the most comprehensive preventative care to diagnose and treat early colorectal cancer. For more information about the center”s services, go to northside.com.