Friday March 7, 2014
We now know that there is no one "switch" for cancer, but rather that a variety of factors -- both environmental and genetic -- come into play. One of those environmental factors that we are learning more about is diet. Specifically, there is some evidence that a diet high in fat can affect your risk of developing colon cancer. Learn how the fat in your diet affects your cancer risk.
Thursday March 6, 2014
Many people think that a diagnosis of colon cancer means that they will automatically be scheduled for colostomy surgery. Not that a colostomy is the end of the world -- far from it. Colostomy surgery can be life-saving, and for many people with IBD, it can improve their quality of life significantly. However, it is not true that a colostomy is always needed to treat colon cancer. Most cases of colon cancer do not result in a colostomy, but rather another type of surgery
Wednesday March 5, 2014
There is a hereditary condition that often results in the development of colon cancer, quite early in life. This is one of the many reasons that screening for colorectal cancer is so important. Screening can catch polyps early, before they have a chance to develop and turn cancerous. If you have a first-degree relative who has had colon cancer, you should start receiving screening when you are 10 years younger than that relative was at diagnosis. Learn more about familial adenomatous polyposis
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Your lifetime risk of colon cancer is not set in stone. Of course, there are things that you can't change, but there are a few things that you can. Here is one thing that anyone and everyone can do that will reduce the risk of colon cancer
as well as many other diseases and conditions.