Colorectal cancer is expected to cause approximately 52,000 deaths this year. Here are the symptoms you should look out for and the steps you can take to keep yourself healthy.Read More
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and a good time to learn more about colorectal cancer and how it can be prevented or best treated.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States for both men and women combined. This year, approximately 151,000 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed and 52,500 people will die from the disease.
"What many people don’t realize is colorectal cancer is a disease that can be prevented through regular screenings, a healthy diet and regular exercise," explained Peter J. Senatore, Jr., M.D., double board certified colon and rectal surgeon at Inspira Medical Group in Mullica Hill and Vineland.
Six steps to lowering your risk of colon cancer:
- Get regular colorectal cancer screenings beginning at age 45. If you have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps, or a personal history of another cancer or inflammatory bowel disease, talk to your doctor about earlier screening.
- Eat plenty of fiber—between 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day from fruits, vegetables, whole grain bread and cereals, nuts and beans.
- Eat a low-fat diet.
- Eat foods with folate such as leafy green vegetables.
- Don’t drink excessive alcohol or smoke. If you use alcohol, drink only in moderation. Alcohol and tobacco in combination are linked to colorectal cancer and other gastrointestinal cancers. If you use tobacco, quit. If you don’t use tobacco, don’t start.
- Exercise for at least 20 minutes three to four days each week. Moderate exercise such as walking, gardening, or climbing steps may help reduce your risk.
For more information about colorectal cancer screening and prevention, speak with your primary health care provider or call Dr. Senatore at (856) 213-6375.