March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Screening Colon Cancer

Doctors recommend that people with an average risk of colon cancer consider colon cancer screening around age 45. But people with an increased risk, such as those with a family history of colon cancer, should consider screening sooner. Several screening options exist — each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Talk about your options with your doctor, and together you can decide which tests are appropriate for you.

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Lunch & Learn

Join us Wednesday, March 20, 2024 from Noon to 1 p.m. at Allen Parish Community Healthcare for a complimentary lunch to hear Dr. Ughovwa discuss colorectal health.

Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer

You can take steps to reduce colon cancer risk by making changes in your everyday life. Take steps to:


Eat a Variety of Fruits, Vegetables & Whole Grains

1. Eat a Variety of Fruits, Vegetables & Whole Grains

Fruits, vegetables and whole grains contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, which may play a role in cancer prevention. Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables so that you get an array of vitamins and nutrients.

2. Drink Alcohol in Moderation, if At All

If you choose to drink alcohol, limit the amount of alcohol you drink to no more than one drink a day for women and two for men.

Drink Alcohol in Moderation, if At All
Stop Smoking

3. Stop Smoking

Talk to your doctor about ways to quit that may work for you.

4. Exercise Most Days of the Week

Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days. If you've been inactive, start slowly and build up gradually to 30 minutes. Also, talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.

Exercise Most Days of the Week
Maintain a Healthy Weight

5. Maintain a Healthy Weight

If you are at a healthy weight, work to maintain your weight by combining a healthy diet with daily exercise. If you need to lose weight, ask your doctor about healthy ways to achieve your goal. Aim to lose weight slowly by increasing the amount of exercise you get and reducing the number of calories you eat.