Did I scare you? Did you feel a jolt of dread and pure terror? Did seeing that word conjure up a ghastly image of a doctor chasing after you with a 700 foot tube? You are not alone! I personally witness so much fear around this procedure. Guess what? The fear is unnecessary. The procedure, however, can save your life. So I’m dropping a little knowledge about colon cancer and why you should drop your pants to protect your health. Here are some things to know that will surprise you … and potentially save your life:
- It’s the #3 cancer killer in the United States.
- Approximately 140,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with colon cancer every year. Over 50,000 people die annually.
- Your risk for getting colon cancer is about 1 in 20. Certain factors further increase your risk (age, ethnicity, lifestyle, family history, etc.).
- No symptoms doesn’t mean no colon cancer. Most people don’t experience any symptoms until it’s too late. (See why that colonoscopy is crucial?)
Here’s what else I’d like you know about colon cancer prevention. Any power you have to increase your odds of living a cancer-free life is a gift that I hope you accept. Don’t let the fear of dropping your pants steal that power away! I swear, it’s not that bad, and it will help you live a longer, healthier life. Reply and let me know if you found this to be helpful.
Source: Ask Dr. Nandi