March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! It's is recommended that anyone over the age of 50 should get tested for colon cancer. There is a fecal occult blood test that can be done that checks for small amounts of blood in the stool. Other testing includes a sigmoidoscopy that should be done every 5 years and a colonoscopy every 10 years.
Research has shown that there is a strong link between diet and colon cancer. The tasty red meats and processed foods that we eat can increase our risk of developing this cancer. Start paying more attention to the foods you eat on a daily basis. You can do so much to prevent diseases and fixing your diet can help with more than you. Eat those fruits and vegetables. Our society is so fast paced that we just eat what's convenient for us, such as fast food. We usually don't think about having fruits and vegetables. BUT they can do so much for us. And they are super convenient as well. Carry around an apple when you're out and about. Or one of those mini bags of carrots. We choose not to do these things because they aren't appetizing to us. It's up to you though to choose between unhealthy items or living a longer healthy life.
Managing your risk factors can decrease your risk of getting colon cancer. Make these changes and take control over your diet. Also, don't forget to get the proper screenings. You can catch it before it turns into anything life threatening.