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Age drop for colon cancer screening to 45

Colorectal cancer, commonly known as colon cancer, is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths worldwide. However, it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer if detected early. In this blog, we will discuss some preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of colon cancer.

The American Cancer Association considers colon cancer the second deadliest type of cancer, causing deaths annually. Experts recommend taking proactive measures rather than being reactive, as age plays a crucial factor in this new statistic. The age for colon cancer screening has been lowered from 50 to 45.

Increasing prevalence of colon cancer among young adults

According to doctors, colon cancer is not just limited to older adults. Young people are also at risk, as the number of patients diagnosed with advanced-stage colorectal cancer has doubled in people under 55 since 1995. Research from the American Cancer Society shows that Americans diagnosed with advanced-stage colorectal cancer increased from 52% in mid-2000s to 60% in 2019.

Colon cancer does not discriminate

Regardless of age, gender, or background, colon cancer can affect anyone. Colon cancer affects both men and women of all ages.

How to Prevent Colon Cancer

  1. Get regular screenings The American Cancer Society recommends regular colon cancer screenings starting at age 45. These screenings can detect precancerous polyps in the colon, which can be removed before they turn cancerous. Screening tests include colonoscopies, fecal occult blood tests, and stool DNA tests. Talk to your doctor about which test is right for you and how often you should be screened.
  2. Maintain a healthy diet Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet can reduce the risk of colon cancer. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help maintain a healthy weight and prevent obesity, which is a risk factor for colon cancer. It is also important to limit red meat and processed foods, as they have been linked to an increased risk of colon cancer.
  3. Exercise regularly Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of colon cancer. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking or cycling, most days of the week. Exercise can help maintain a healthy weight, reduce inflammation, and improve overall health.
  4. Limit alcohol and quit smoking Excessive alcohol consumption and smoking are both risk factors for colon cancer. It is recommended to limit alcohol consumption to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. Quitting smoking can also reduce the risk of colon cancer and improve overall health.
  5. Know your family history If you have a family history of colon cancer or polyps, you may be at a higher risk of developing the disease. Talk to your doctor about when you should start screening and how often you should be screened.
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