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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.

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