March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to the CDC, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Ever year, 140,000 people are diagnosed, and more than 50,000 die. And yet, if detected early enough, colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Here’s the “In Your Hands” checklist for colorectal cancer prevention:
Get screened regularly if you are over the age of 50. Early screening is key to removing any precancerous polyps early. Your doctor will likely suggest either a colonoscopy every 10 years, a high-sensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT), stool test or fecal immunochemical test (FIT) every year, or a sigmoidoscopy every five years, with a FOBT every three years. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer and are under the age of 50, speak with your doctor about the recommended time to get a screening, as he or she may suggest earlier than the age of 50. Most health insurance covers the screenings, and if yours doesn’t, 25 states currently offer free or low-cost screenings through the CDC Colorectal Cancer Control Program.
Maintain the Live It diet with a high fruit and vegetable intake. They are naturally low in fat and calories, in addition to being filling. They also provide essential vitamins, minerals and fiber for your body that are important for your health. Fruits and vegetables are packed with fiber and cleanse your colon naturally.
Move every day with the Live It exercise philosophy. Schedule regular workouts when you can, and incorporate the Live It exercise program when doing mundane or fairly stationery activities such as shopping, watching television, standing in line at a cashier, etc., as these movements will add up over time to improve your health and lessen your risk for disease, in addition to being easy to sustain – i.e., you can work exercise into your everyday routine fairly easily, without carving out a huge chunk of time or feeling guilty when you can’t get to the gym.
Moderate your alcohol consumption. Remember, the Live It way of life isn’t about stopping you from having a good time or enjoying your life. Partake in life’s pleasures, including a glass of wine, but don’t overdo it.
Preventing or catching colorectal cancer early is in your hands. Do what you can to Live It, your life—healthier, happier, longer.
Live It, Your Life—Healthier, Happier, Longer™ by Dr. Gary Clayman is a comprehensive life program that promotes wellness, strength, vigor, and longevity and combats obesity, cancer, and other chronic debilitating diseases so you can Live It, Your Life—Healthier, Happier, Longer™, the way it was meant to be, joyously.