Colon cancer is the third most common cancer among both men and women in the United States. However, many colorectal cancers can be prevented through early and regular screening. A colonoscopy is the best screening test available for colorectal cancer.

Traditionally, men and women are screened at age 50, but people at higher risk such as African Americans should be screened at age 45 or earlier.

The DMC has several locations throughout southeast Michigan where you can schedule your colonoscopy. A prescription from your doctor for a colonoscopy is needed prior to scheduling.

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A Healthy Colon Starts With a Healthy Diet

by User Not Found on Dec 14, 2020, 05:06 AM

When it comes to good colon health, what we eat plays a crucial role in helping to prevent the development of pre-cancerous polyps or cancer of the colon. A healthy diet combined with regular discussions with your doctor and staying on a recommended colonoscopy screening cycle are the keys for preventing a serious colorectal problem. Here are some tips to get you started.

  1. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
    Eat a variety of what are termed “vividly colored” fruits and vegetables such as dark, leafy greens, orange or red fruits and blue or purple fruits. Each offers a different health benefit.

  2. High-fiber Foods
    Food high in fiber help keep your colon clean which is important in preventing colon cancer from developing.

  3. Water Versus Alcoholic Drinks
    Most people do not drink enough water. Each day strive to drink 64 ounces of non-alcoholic drinks and be conscious not to consume excess amounts of sugary drinks.

  4. Whole Grains
    Grains are a good source of fiber which help keep your bowels moving and maintain healthy bacteria within the colon.

  5. Be Aware of Red Meats
    Consider limiting the consumption of red meat as they contain high levels of saturated fat.

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