Melinda Welsh writes about the prognosis for her metastatic squamous cell head and neck carcinoma and how she learned she likely has a "yearish" to live. She feels well after recovering from the side effects of treatment. "I am working part time. And I have turned my attention to the question How do I best spend the time I have left? My answer is writing, family and friends, the pleasures of small things," she writes.
If you are 50 or over or have a family history of colon cancer, you should be screened. African-Americans should be screened beginning at age 45. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable -- and curable -- types of cancer when detected early. Since the risk of colon cancer increases with age, getting screened is essential. Learn more about colon cancer, who is at risk and when you should get tested. If you have a colonoscopy scheduled or would like to learn more about what to expect during the procedure, see the video, What to Expect During a Colonoscopy here.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and a colorful diet rich in fruits and vegetables plus a lively lifestyle are good ways to help prevent the disease. Experts also advise knowing the warning signs of colon cancer, including changes in bowel habits, and getting regular cancer screenings.
Fiber fills you up, keeps your appetite at bay and may ease symptoms of acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome. Most people only consume about 10 to 15 grams of fiber each day, but the recommended daily amount is between 25 and 35 grams. Fiber is in oranges, other fruits, nuts, avocados and other plant foods.
Drinking red wine might reduce the risk of colorectal neoplasia by 68%, according to a study of 360 red and white wine drinkers. The researchers suspect the resveratrol in red wine may be responsible. However, doctors say colon cancer screening still is essential.