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Wellness Watch - Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, but it is also often a preventable form of cancer.  A colonoscopy may reveal polyps before they develop into cancer.  Dr. Ruth Montalvo shares more about the screening that could save your life.

What can you do to prevent colon cancer?

  • Get a colonoscopy
  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains
  • Watch your weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Don’t smoke
  • Limit alcohol consumption

Preparing for a colonoscopy isn’t pleasant, but any displeasure is temporary and is a small price to pay to drastically reduce your chances of getting colorectal cancer.  Here is some information to help you prepare properly for a colonoscopy.

  • It is very important to start your clear liquids the day before your procedure.
  • Laxatives work by pulling fluid from the colon, therefore, it is important to stay hydrated to have the best results.
  • Do not ingest red or purple liquids, milk products, solid foods, or any juice with pulp.
  • It is important to follow directions your physician gives you precisely and follow the time limits to have the best results.
  • All of the medication must be complete to be effective

Get more information on colorectal cancer and screenings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

National Cancer Institute:

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