By Tiffany King, Education and Outreach Coordinator
This March, we celebrate National Colorectal Awareness Month and National Nutrition Month. According to the American Cancer Society, you can reduce your risk of colon cancer by eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Eating less red meat will also decrease your chances of developing colon cancer.
At Little Red Door, we stand by the recommendations made by the US Preventive Services Task Force that all people ages 50 and older should receive a colon cancer screening. Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death and a screening can be successful in detecting colon cancer before it spreads.
Two-thirds of all cancer deaths are tied to preventable factors such as smoking, lack of exercise and poor nutrition. Colon cancer is also affected by these risk factors. According to the ACS, “In fact, the links between diet, weight, and exercise and colorectal cancer risk are some of the strongest for any type of cancer.”
A colonoscopy is now one of the many screenings that must be covered by health insurance, according to the Affordable Care Act. These rules also apply to anyone who is insured through HIP 2.0.
If you’re over 50, you should schedule a colon cancer screening every year. If you have a history of colon cancer or have some of health risks associated with higher cancer incidents, it is even more vital that you receive a screening.