The American Cancer Society estimates that 96,000 new cases of colon cancer diagnosed this year. One of the best ways to prevent colon cancer is to get regular colonoscopies.
There are a lot of lifestyle and genetic factors that can increase your risk of colon cancer. The Colon Cancer Alliance (ccalliance.org) has a quiz that can help you determine if you are at risk.
Do you have a personal or family history of colon cancer?
People with a first-degree relative who has colon cancer are between 2 and 3 times more likely to develop colon cancer than those without a family history.
Do you have Inflammatory Bowel Diease (IBD), ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease?
Having IBD can increase the chances of colon cancer by as much as 5 times. However, more than 90 percent of the people who have IBD do not get cancer.
Less research has been done on the connection between colon cancer and ulcerative colitis or Chron’s disease, but it is believed that both increase the risk of colon cancer.
What best describes the main meal of your day?
Proper nutrition and diet are important in helping to prevent many diseases, including colon cancer. High fat consumption may be one of the biggest dietary contributors to causing colon cancer.
Do you smoke?
A new report released by the U.S. Surgeon General has found that active smoking is now casually associated with colon cancer.
Do you typically get 30 minutes or more of cardio exercise each day?
Colon cancer has been one of the most extensively studied cancers in relation to physical activity, with more than 50 studies examining the association.
Most studies have found that adults who increase their physical activity can reduce their risk of developing colon cancer by 30-40 percent.
When is your birthday?
90% of new cases of colon cancer occur in people 50 or older. However, colon cancer can happen at any age.
Brian, our patient today, has a family history of colon cancer so it was important for him to be screened. Dr. Christopher I. Maxwell of Utah Gastroenterology performed the colonoscopy and found three polyps—one pre-cancerous and two benign—hence the importance of getting screened regularly.
Contact information for our guests:
Red River Health and Wellness
10965 South River Front Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095
Christopher I. Maxwell, M.D.