March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and blue is the color to wear to show your support! As a colon cancer survivor and a warrior in the fight against this disease, I want to help spread the word:
Colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable when you know a few simple facts!
1. Early detection is vital.
While colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the US, it is estimated that over 90% of all cases of colon cancer can be prevented with recommended screening. Despite its high incidence, colon cancer is one of the most detectable and, if found early enough, most treatable forms of cancer.
2. Nutrition matters.
According to the American Cancer Society, the best advice about diet and activity to possibly reduce your risk of colon cancer is to:
- Increase the intensity and amount of physical activity
- Limit intake of red and processed meats
- Get the recommended levels of calcium and vitamin D
- Eat more vegetables and fruits and maintain a healthy diet
- Avoid obesity and weight gain around the midsection
- Avoid excess alcohol
3. Know your family history.
Statistics for the average person may not apply to you. If you have close family members who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer (particularly if they were diagnosed before age 50) speak to your doctor about getting screened early.
Additional resources and information can be found at:
If you’re 50 or older, getting a screening test for colon cancer could save your life. Following my diagnosis, both my sisters went in for screening. One found out she had stage 3 colon cancer. (She is the first one to tell you I saved her life!) My other sister had precancerous polyps, and two of their four daughters had precancerous polyps as well.
Undy 5000 5K Run and Walk – a brief run/walk to fight cancer! Join Powered by Hope/Team Teri at terigriege.com/undy-5000 to walk, run or donate.
For more information or to find a race in a city near you, visit support.ccalliance.org.Tags: colon and rectum cancer, Colon Cancer, Colon Cancer Facts, Colorectal Cancer, early detection, fight against cancer, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness, nutrition, Powered by Hope