Colorectal Cancer Month Highlights
Most of us don’t think about our colons until we have a problem. Fortunately, understanding the importance of your colon, regular screenings and good habits can make all the difference in the world.
The colon is one of body’s most essential organs. It’s also, often, the most overlooked. That’s a major reason why colorectal cancer is responsible for so many deaths in the United States and worldwide. It doesn’t have to stay that way.
Awareness of the key role your colon plays in the body’s digestive system is essential. Your colon reabsorbs fluids, then processes and prepares waste products for elimination. The colon’s job is to keep your body's waste “rolling."
Below, you will find information that will help you better understand the importance of your colon, as well as risk factors, symptoms and prevention tips for colorectal cancer. For more information, you can visit the American Cancer Society's page devoted to colorectal cancer. To schedule an appointment or speak to one of our physicians, call 718-920-7183.
What you need to know about colorectal cancer and how to reduce your risk
Dr. Thomas A. Ullman, Chief, Gastroenterology at Montefiore, explains the most effective ways to prevent colorectal cancer or reduce your risk. At the top of the list is getting a colonoscopy or other preventive test at 45 years of age. Improving your diet, staying physically active and maintaining a healthy weight are important, too. If you are more at risk for colorectal cancer due to family history or another condition, recognizing the symptoms of colon cancer is important. If the cancer is caught early, it’s often curable.
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5 things you can do to reduce your colorectal cancer risk
The occurrence of colorectal cancer in many communities is growing. No one knows if or when cancer in the colon or rectum will develop but researchers have found several risk factors that might increase a person’s chance of developing colorectal polyps or cancer. Here are 5 things you need to know.