Colorectal cancer, or cancer of the large intestine, is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. However, it’s also one of the most detectable cancers and it responds well to early treatment.
Your risk of developing colorectal cancer is a combination of controllable and uncontrollable factors. People older than 50 and those who have a family history of colorectal, ovarian or breast cancer have a higher risk of developing the disease than others. Luckily, there are many things you can do to reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, regular screenings and some lifestyle changes can help prevent colorectal cancer. Modern technology makes screening for the disease much easier (and less uncomfortable), but there are many other things you can do on your own to reduce your risk of developing the disease. In fact, researchers believe that eating a nutritious diet, exercising and controlling body fat could prevent nearly 45 percent of colorectal cancer cases.
Dramatically reduce your risk of getting colorectal cancer by following these five simple rules:
Dr. Kathleen Lambert is a board-certified hematologist and oncologist with Georgia Cancer Specialists, affiliated with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, in Conyers and Decatur. For more information, visit gacancer.com or northside.com.