5 Tips for a Healthy Colon


ID-100295851A healthy colon is not often the top New Year’s resolution – but it should be. Colon cancer is both curable and highly preventable. With early detection from a colonoscopy, you can actually dramatically reduce your risk of colon cancer.

A colonoscopy isn’t the only way to ensure a healthy colon – there are steps you can take to improve your colon health in between screenings. Because a healthily colon is always a good idea, the team behind San Francisco Gastroenterology is happy to provide five tips for a healthy colon.

Get Screened.

Getting a colonoscopy is the number one way both men and women can prevent colon cancer. Colonoscopies allow your doctor to observe any abnormalities and determine if there is a need to remove growths or polyps that may be cancerous or pre-cancerous. It is during these screenings that lives are saved. Everyone over the age of 50 should receive a colonoscopy, although there are some conditions that can make a person high-risk for colon cancer.

Stop Smoking.

Smoking can cause more than lung cancer and serious heart issues. Those who smoke have a higher chance of developing colon or rectal cancers. If you needed an extra reason to quit smoking for good – you can now add colon health to the list.

Make Cuts.

Red meat and alcohol are often the first items to be cut on lists that advise people how to make healthier choices. Although you do not need to cut out red meat and alcohol entirely for better colon health, it is important that you generally consume less of each. When a person’s diet is heavy in meats that are processed and salty or he consumes high amounts of alcohol, colon health is at higher risk.

Watch Your Waistline.

Obesity and larger waistlines are never a plus for your health, and this stands true for your colon as well. Obesity is linked to an increased risk of colon cancer, particularly for men.

Get To Know Yourself.

Personal and family histories play a big role in colon health. If you have a personal or family history of colon cancer or colon polyps, you are at higher risk for colon cancer. Talk to your family about whether colon cancer and polyps run in your family.

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