Fresh Living
Tuesday, June 18 2013, 08:18 AM MDT
Why You Shouldn't Shy Away from a Colonoscopy
Dr. J.P. Hughes let's us see the actual scope device, and makes us feel more at ease about getting screened.

The only scary part, should be these statistics!

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Utah for both men and women, and it's preventable!

There are no early warning signs of colorectal cancer. Symptoms usually occur late in the disease.

In 2010, 65.7% of Utah adults aged 50 had a colonoscopy/sigmoidoscopy in the past 10 years or an FOBT in the last year.

At least 75% of colorectal cancers occur in those with no family or personal history of the disease.

If found early, survival for colon cancer is 92%. If not, survival is 8%

About 9 out of 10 people diagnosed with colorectal cancer are at least 50 years old.

Screening Recommendations
    Men and women aged 50 and older should get a colonoscopy every 10 years, a sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, or a Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) every year.
    A colonoscopy is the most effective way to detect colorectal cancer. This can prevent cancer by removing abnormal growths before they become cancer.
    As required by the Affordable Care Act, most health insurance plans cover colonoscopies and other preventative services at no charge to the patient.

Lifestyle-related factors
    The links between diet, weight, exercise, and colorectal cancer risk are some of the strongest for any type of cancer.
    Diets high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains have been linked with a decreased risk of colorectal cancer.
    To decrease your risk of colon cancer, avoid smoking and heavy alcohol use.
 
For information, call Utah Cancer Control Program at 1.800.717.1811 or visit www.cancerutah.org.

If you want to help raise awareness, join the Buns Up 5K Run/Walk on March 23 at Liberty Park.
Visit www.mwsgna.com/bunsup for more information.

(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcast Group)Why You Shouldn't Shy Away from a Colonoscopy


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