Did you know March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month?
Colon rectal cancer is cancer of the colon and rectum. It is the 3rd most frequently diagnosed cancer in both men and women and the second leading cause of cancer in the United States. Symptoms can include bloody stools/rectum, diarrhea, constipation, weight loss that's unexplained, feeling tired all the time and vomiting.
Prevention and early detection are important ways to reduce the health care cost. Start with being physically active for at least 30 minutes/day/5 days a week. Maintain a healthy weight, quit tobacco usage, limiting alcohol to (1) women-(2) men- drinks per day. Early detection through proper screenings can detect those hidden figures like polyps (small growths on the wall of the intestine) which can be removed before becoming cancerous and early detection of colorectal cancer will allow the cancer to be successfully treated.
On an average colorectal cancer screening should begin at age 50, but new research supports African Americans to be screened at an earlier age of 45 partly related to poor diet habits (high in red meats, processed meats, ie: beef, pork, lamb, sausage, hot dogs or cold cuts), tobacco use, not being screened and lack of equal medical treatment options. Genetic factors can also play a significant role, so if there is a family history of polyps and/or colorectal cancer, be sure to inform your health care professional of such.
You are what you eat! Stimulate your mind and body... Eat healthy, colorful, cruciferous, antioxidant, enjoyable foods! Like dark green, red, and orange vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, Orange juice, melons, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and tomatoes.
Try something different like meatless Monday! Substitute pasta for vegetables like spaghetti squash, or try eggplant lasagna using the eggplant in place of lasagna noodles. Quinoa, a great pasta grain substitute stuffed in peppers. Eating less red meat and processed foods and adding more fruits, vegetables and whole grains (source of fiber) can enhance your quality of life. Adopt a cancer fighting ability while living a healthier lifestyle!
Live Long and Prosper!
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