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9 Tips to Prevent Colon Cancer

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9 Tips to Prevent Colon Cancer

Ask a woman in menopause if she’s had a mammogram and she’ll likely say, “Yes.” But ask that same woman if she’s had a colonoscopy and the answer is often, “No.” March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and I’m hoping the answer to the colonoscopy question will change because women in perimenopause and menopause are more likely to die of colon cancer than breast cancer. That’s right – more women die from colon cancer that from breast cancer and HIV combined.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide and the second leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, second only to lung cancer. But it doesn’t have to be that way – one American dying every 9.3 minutes.

The secret I’m sharing with you now is to catch it before it turns into cancer. Colorectal cancer can be completely prevented if it is caught early. A study in the February 23, 2012 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (Zauber AG and others, NEJM 2012;366:687-96) showed that people who have a colonoscopy are 53 percent less likely to die from colon cancer over the next 15+ years than people who just have a test for hidden blood in stool. So getting both an annual screening for hidden blood in your stool and a routine colonoscopy after age 50 and repeat it as often as recommended by your doctor could save your life or the life of a loved one.

Over 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are over 50. Research has shown that 1 in 4 people over age 50 have polyps. Polyps are the cancer precursors that typically become colon cancer. The colonoscopy not only finds polyps, it removes them before they turn into cancer.

Many people avoid a colonoscopy because they think it will be painful. But studies also show that the colonoscopy is not as uncomfortable as people think it will be. I had one; it was not bad at all. If you are 50+ and haven’t had one, you can do better than that. Get a colonoscopy this year.

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4:58AM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

Thank you so much for such a great blog.
Advice by Reocon

7:03AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

A colonoscopy saved my life..twice so far...

11:19AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

The body is a survival mechanism. If you have a polyp, its' because your body created it to help survive a fault in your dietary regime. Cure the fault, cure the polyp. Feeling secure after having Western Medicine remove your boy's survival tactics ( polyps and tumors) is not well founded.
Step 1 is to quit all dairy products ( and processed dead foods and add fruits veggies, seeds and nuts, so you give your cells what they need to he healthy. I try to eat right and use whole superfoods Akea Essentials in a smoothie daily.

9:27PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

I delayed for years after my doctor first suggested it, even after hearing his story that his mother-in-law was dying of colon cancer and would be ok if she had been checked early. I finally went and had a pre-cancerous polyp removed. Next time had a benign polyp. Can't help thinking what could have happened if I hadn't gone when I did. I have a friend in her 70s battling colon cancer; never had a colonoscopy. IT IS NOT PAINFUL. The worst part is the day before when you have to empty your bowels. Think of it as a 1 day cleansing. Just do it!

6:57PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

I Ran, For The Hills Twice.I Was Polyps Free, On My Third Try. I'm Not The Only One That Does This.PLEASE,JUST DO IT. You Will Thank Yourself, I Promise.

Your Friend Shane

2:04PM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Have had several!

5:45AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Read the book: the amazing liver and gallbladderflush by Andreas Moritz

5:44AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

read cancer is not a disease by Andreas Moritz

5:19AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Thank you for the reminder.

2:57AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

The main reason people avoid having colonoscopies is NOT because they're scared it'll be painful but because they KNOW it will be excrutiatingly embarrassing.

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