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.
Lunch & Learn
Join us Thursday, March 23, 2023 from Noon to 1 p.m. at the Kinder Community Center for a complimentary lunch to learn more about 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:
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.
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.
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.