National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Learn how to lower your risk

This is a guest post by Natural Horizons Wellness Centers.

Colon cancer is a silent disease responsible for more than 50,000 deaths in the United States every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it is the third most common cancer in both genders, and although men are slightly more likely to develop the disease than women, both men and women are at risk for developing the cancer. As with any cancer, early detection provides the greatest prognosis, though there are many ways of reducing the probability of developing the disease altogether. While you cannot change certain risk factors, such as your age or family history of cancer, you can take some matters into your own hands.

Lifestyle Changes

According to the National Cancer Institute, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and obesity are leading contributors to elevated risk for developing colon cancer. To reduce risk, stop smoking and limit alcohol consumption to fewer than three drinks… Read More