What all men should know about colorectal cancer
(Face Of Nigeria Blog News)- In addition to following screening guidelines, EU experts on media interview says the best way to prevent cancer is to simply lead a healthy lifestyle.
The smoking , unhealthy diet and physical inactivity are high risk factors for colorectal cancer.
Exercising, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and reducing red meat and alcohol intake are all ways to reduce your risk.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death by cancer in both men and women, and the third most common cancer diagnosis.
In addition, it is alarming that an increasing number of young people are being diagnosed with the disease, including actor Chadwick Boseman, whose death from colon cancer at the age of 43 has brought to light how the disease affects people under the age of 50 and, disproportionately, blacks.
According to Dr Kimmie Ng, director of the Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, early detection is always better in terms of survival rates (as with all cancers).
Unfortunately, the symptoms of colorectal cancer tend to be somewhat generic, and asymptomatic colon cancer is very common.
VS’ is why screenings are becoming the most essential diagnostic tool for detecting disease at an early stage.
But a lot of men (and women, for that matter) don’t know when and how to get tested, in part because blood in the stool isn’t really a conversation one wishes to have but also because colon cancer is just not a type of cancer that is often talked about.
Plus, screenings usually consist of colonoscopies, which are notoriously unpleasant procedures.
Many of Dr. Ng’s patients have had symptoms for a long time and only get tested when a family member encourages them to do so.
GQ spoke with Dr Ng to get answers to any questions you have about preventing colon cancer, because the more we talk about it, the more likely we are to prevent and survive it.