March is National Colorecal Cancer Awareness month.
My mom was just 39 when she lost her battle with the cancer that began as colon cancer and eventually spread.
In light of that, here is some information that take note of:
Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. It is equally common in men and women. An estimated 148,810 people will be diagnosed in 2008, and an estimated 49,960 people will die from the disease. It is also one of the most preventable cancers, because it develops from polyps that can be removed before they become cancerous.
- Men and women age 50 and older
- People who use tobacco, are obese and are sedentary
- People with a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or benign (not cancerous) colorectal polyps
- People with a personal or family history of inflammatory bowel disease, such as long-standing ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease
- People with a family history of inherited colorectal cancer
RISK REDUCTION AND EARLY DETECTION
- Be physically active and exercise regularly.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat a high-fiber diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and whole grains.
- Consume calcium-rich foods like low-fat or skim milk.
- Limit red meat and avoid processed meats.
- Don't smoke.
- Don't drink alcohol excessively.