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Men's Health Month: 4 Things Men Can Do To Protect Their Colon Health

Colon cancer develops when tumorous growths form in the large intestine or rectum and it is among one of the most common types of cancer found in Canada. Preventative measures can go a long way in reducing your risk for colon cancer. Colon cancer rarely presents symptoms in the earliest stages, but symptoms may become more noticeable as the disease progresses. There is no single treatment for colon cancer, and options may include chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. As you get older, it is important to  visit your doctor regularly for colon screenings to limit your risk of developing colon cancer. In recognition of Men’s Health Month,  this article will discuss several ways you can prevent colon cancer to protect your health.

4 Ways Men Can Protect Their Colon Health

1. Eat Your Veggies And Whole Grains
If you are looking for a sign to eat your veggies, this is it. Research has found that a diet rich  in vegetables and whole grains can significantly decrease your risk of colon cancer. It is also recommended to reduce consumption of red meats and processed meats such as hot dogs as these foods have been linked to an increased risk of colon cancer. Ensure sufficient amounts of the healthy fats found in olive oil, salmon, avocados, and nuts while limiting processed fats found in fast food. 

2. Get Regular Exercise
Exercise offers both mental and physical benefits. We all know that it is important to get regular exercise to maintain a healthy heart and a healthy weight, but did you know that it can also help reduce your risk of developing colon cancer? According to the Canadian Cancer Society, carrying extra pounds can increase your risk of developing many types of cancer, including colon cancer. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day to keep yourself in shape and prevent potential future health problems. 

3. Limit Alcohol Consumption And Smoking
Alcohol use and smoking have been linked to an increased risk of colon cancer. Changing some lifestyle habits to reduce your consumption of alcohol will help to reduce your risk of colon cancer as well as other health concerns associated with drinking. If you currently smoke, it may be time to consider quitting to help ensure your future health is in check and to avoid many health problems associated with smoking. 

4. Get Screened For Colon Cancer
Screening tests are performed to detect colon cancer before signs and symptoms develop. These tests are highly effective at detecting colon cancer earlier when treatments are more likely to be successful. Colon cancer screenings (also known as a colonoscopy) typically begin at the age of 45 if you are average risk and are performed once every ten years. If you are at higher risk, your doctor may recommend getting screened more often. Colon cancer screenings can also detect precancerous growths (polyps) in the colon and rectum. Polyps are not cancer, however overtime cancer can develop within the polyp. Colon screenings can detect polyps so you can have them removed to reduce your risk of colon cancer.  

Colonoscopy Pre-Screening At Okanagan Health Surgical Centre

To protect yourself against one of the most common cancers, it is important to receive regular colon screenings as well as make certain lifestyle changes such as reducing alcohol consumption and eating a healthy diet. A colonoscopy can help your doctor detect and diagnose ailments such as tumors, ulcers, and inflammation that can potentially lead to more serious health concerns. Speak to  your doctor regarding your risk for colon cancer as well as any other colon health concerns so you can ensure you are protecting your health today and for years to come.

Okanagan Health Surgical Centre in Kelowna is a world-class private surgical facility providing advanced general surgeries including laparoscopic hernia repair, colonoscopy, and opening hernia repair.  We provide minimally invasive procedures to allow our patients a faster recovery time so they can get back to living a pain-free life.

The team of private surgeons will be sure to answer any questions you may have during a complimentary consultation regarding general surgeries and colonoscopy procedures. To book your consultation today call us at 1-250-868-9799 or Toll-Free: 1-877-505-8895 or fill out the contact form below.

FAQ

Q: At what age should I begin getting colon cancer screenings?
A: Colon screenings are typically recommended for those 45+ and are to be performed once every ten years. If you are at an increased risk of colon cancer, your doctor may recommend screening more often and at an earlier age.

Q: Is a colonoscopy a surgery?
A: A colonoscopy is categorized as a general surgery. 

Q: What are some common symptoms of colon cancer?
A: Some common symptoms of colon cancer include:

  • Rectal bleeding or blood in stool
  • A persistent change in bowel habits
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Abdominal pain

If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor as they recommend colon cancer screening that can potentially save your life.


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