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March Lyivy Post Content

Hello! March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Approximately 20,000 people aged 18 and older will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year.

Am I at risk?

Risk factors include smoking, weight, diet, physical activity, social and economic factors, and environmental factors.

As we know, smoking increases your changes in all types of unfavorable healthcare issues. Secondhand smoke is also bad for you. Diet should include more fruits and vegetables and less red meat; physical activity should be increased to more days than not during the week at least breaking a sweat for about 30 minutes. Heat your body up! Social and economic factors include not having insurance and not getting baseline screenings for cancer. Environmental factors include pollution or using household chemicals, like pesticides, etc. Being aware of risk factors can help you prevent them. Small steps.

NOTE: Experts suggest that African Americans get screened beginning at age 45.

There are several types of screenings that can help detect colorectal cancer. They are (1) stool tests – a few types that can be done yearly or up to 2 -3 years. (2) Visual examinations that look inside the colon. For example, a colonoscopy. (3) Cancers found earlier have better outcomes for treatment. Small steps.

Plan a visit with LyivyDHM to make sure your preventive measures are up to date, and you are getting quality preventive care provided. Issues discovered will be worked out.

References from cancercenter.com, asge.org, and facingourrisk.org.

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