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.
Legislation in the House calls for HHS to test the viability of health care innovation zones that bring together academic medical centers and health care facilities to improve patient outcomes and slow the growth of health care costs. The bill calls for payments to providers to be based on quality and outcomes, rather than units of service.
A study says the key to reducing the risk of colon cancer is to exercise more, cut down on red meat and alcohol, and not smoke. Researchers found that smoking, eating a lot of red and processed meats, being obese and having diabetes each were connected to a 20% increase in the risk of getting colorectal cancer.