Colon Cancer Prevention
Colon cancer screening is one of the most embarrassing tests
your doctor can offer you. . .and too many of us are embarrassed even to ask
about it. But are you willing to die of embarrassment? Colon cancer is the
second most common cause of cancer death in the United States killing 56,000
Americans per year. This year, 67,000 cases will be detected in women alone.
In nine out of ten cases, however, it is 90% curable IF detected early. Yet
fewer than 1 in 3 adult Americans get annual testing. To the others, we can
only urge: get your butt to the doctor!
One in three Americans are considered "at risk" for developing colon cancer.
Colon cancer affects men and women equally, and as with most cancers, your risk
increases with your age and family history. Good news for menopausal women
on hormone replacement therapy is that HRT may lower your risk of colon cancer.
Colon cancer rates are higher in women who have excess body
fat, especially in the midriff. This may be related to poor eating habits
and sedentary behavior.
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Created: 1/29/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.