Colorectal Cancer: Cutting the Risks
Colorectal cancer is the third-most-common cancer and the second-most-common cause of cancer deaths in Canada. Every week, over 400 Canadians are diagnosed with it, and an average of 175 Canadians die of it. However, it is one of the most preventable forms of cancer – it is 95% preventable with scheduled and thorough testing. If it is detected early, it is highly treatable. Find out how lifestyle choices and regular screening tests can significantly cut your risk of this disease.
Diagnosing colorectal cancer
A number of symptoms, such as changes in bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation), blood mixed in with stool, and abdominal pain, along with your age, family history, and overall health, may prompt your doctor to suggest diagnostic tests to check for colorectal cancer.
How food choices can affect your cancer risk
A diet high in fibre and low in fat can help prevent colorectal cancer. So the next time you cook or order a meal, it may be better to munch on a chicken Caesar salad instead of a 12-ounce steak with fries.
Regular screening tests can be a life saver
When you hit that milestone age of 50, you should seriously consider going for a colorectal cancer screening test at least once every 2 years. After all, more than a third of deaths from this disease could be prevented if people 50 and over did the smart thing and had themselves screened.
If eating a big meal and then vegging on the couch is a daily ritual, your colorectal cancer risk is higher than it could be.