Colon Cancer Screening

Posted May 02, 2011, at 3:39 p.m.

Are you turning 50 in 2011?  If so, it’s time to schedule your visit with your physician and discuss your colorectal screening options. If you’re over 50 and it’s been awhile since your last screening, make that appointment to visit your physician as well.  Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer among men and women.  Treatment for colorectal cancer is most effective when the cancer is found early.  If polyps are removed before they become cancerous, this is one cancer that can be prevented.

Early prevention is also important and will significantly improve your chances of avoiding colorectal cancer altogether:

  • Eat right for life. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, keep your fat intake to less than 30% of your total calories, avoid foods high in cholesterol, and limit alcohol intake.
  • Watch your weight. Maintaining a healthy body weight will decrease your cancer risk.
  • Quit Smoking. Smoking raises your risk of colon cancer and many other serious diseases.

The Maine Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is promoting Screen ME, a free screening program for Mainers who do not have health insurance or are underinsured.

For more information on this program call the Colon Screening Hotline at 1-877-320-6800.

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