Cancer Answer – Colon Cancer

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 According to the CDC Colorectal Cancer is the 2nd leading cancer killer in the U-S.
However research shows that if people got regular screenings at least 60-percent of deaths could be prevented. One doctor at University Hospital shares the importance of early detection.
Each year Colon Cancer affects thousands of men and women, but according to Dr. Berry Jenkins at University Hospital, the prognosis can be good if it’s caught in the early stages, “so the only way to prevent colon cancer is through screenings with a colonoscopy, which in general should start at age 50.”
According to research, in most cases, if the polyp is caught early enough, it can be removed, leaving the patient colon cancer free.
Dr. Jenkins, “it mostly develops from genetics, there are probably very few things we can change about ourselves, other than a general healthy diet.”
So if your mother, father, sister, brother or even a child was diagnosed with colon cancer, you are more at risk of developing the the disease.
Dr. Jenkins, ” we do know that a number of genes is involved in colon cancer, but its not like certain other genetic disease were if you have one abnormal gene your going to get it, it’s a multi-factorial progression.”  
In addition to that the Doctor says the way we take care of our bodies also affects our health, ” we do know that in particular obesity and smoking increase colon cancer.”
Along with taking care of our bodies, colon cancer screenings help when it comes to fighting the disease.
Dr. Jenkins, “so if you have a first degree relative with colon cancer, then the recommendation is that you start colon cancer screening at age 40 or at 10 years younger than that person was at the time of diagnosis, which ever age comes first.”
So, if you still aren’t sure about the process, take the time to talk to your doctor.
University Hospital & Dr. Jenkins, will hold a colon cancer community education session – tomorrow – Tuesday, March 24th.
From  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Reynolds Street in the Berlin Room.
It is free and open to the public.

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