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Health Tips for April 16

Posted Apr 16 2011 12:00am
Health Tip: Do You Have Risk Factors for Colon Cancer?

Although the exact cause of colon cancer isn't understood, scientists have figured out certain factors that increase a person's risk of developing the disease.

The National Cancer Institute mentions these risk factors for colon cancer
  • Being 50 or older.
  • Having colorectal polyps -- typically non-cancerous growths that develop on the colon's inner wall.
  • Having other people in your family who have had colorectal cancer, or having had cancer yourself.
  • Having certain genetic abnormalities.
  • Being a smoker.
  • Eating a high-fat diet.
  • Having Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.

Health Tip: Take Steps Against Colon Polyps

Polyps in the colon may be benign, cancerous or pre-cancerous. In any case, there are steps you can take to help prevent them.

The U.S. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse offers these suggestions
  • Cut back on fatty foods.
  • Up your intake of fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • Get exercise on most days of the week.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Eat foods that are rich in calcium.
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