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Wellness Watch - 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. Generally, you should begin regular screenings for colorectal cancer at age 45. Those at higher risk may need to be screened earlier and should discuss the topic with a physician. Dr. Franklin Goldwire shares more about the screening that could save your life.

Who is at higher risk of colorectal cancer?

  • Individuals with a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps
  • Individuals who have been treated for ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease

Your risk of getting colorectal cancer increases as you get older, but regular physical activity may help lower your risk.

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 Prevent ( and the National Cancer Institute ( 

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