NHM Health Focus: Colorectal
Preventable. Treatable. Beatable! National
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month underscores the reality that while colorectal
is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., it is one of the most preventable cancers. (ACS)
- 153,760 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed in 2007.
- There will be an estimated 52,180 deaths in 2007 due to colorectal
- Young African Americans have higher than average incidence of, and death rate due to, colon and rectum cancer compared to other populations.
To reduce your risk of colorectal cancer you can:
- Participate in regular screenings that can find pre-cancerous
and early cancerous conditions, when the chances for a full recovery
are best. (CDC)
- Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight. Increasingly,
scientific evidence supports the conclusion that regular physical
activity can reduce the risk of several cancers, particularly
colon cancer, in both men and women.
- Consume a healthy range of food. What you eat may have protective
effects - Fruits and vegetables, folates, calcium, whole grains from
breads, cereals, nuts and beans all have some evidence showing they
may help prevent cancer and other diseases in general.
- Include plenty of dietary fiber. A diet high in fiber, fruits and
vegetables and low in fat can improve your overall health and reduce
risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, hypertension and
diabetes and may reduce your risk of colorectal cancer.
To help advance knowledge of the disease, its prevention and treatment,
- Participate in a clinical trial -- Participants are currently being
clinical trials to increase knowledge of the prevention and treatment
of colorectal cancer.
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