Visits to your healthcare provider may have become a bit less regular over the past twelve months, but it’s never too late to get your children’s immunizations back on schedule!
In honor of National Colorectal Awareness Month, we are reposting this important information from 2019.
A healthy diet and lifestyle continues to be an important way to keep your digestive tract healthy!
Adjusting your diet and lifestyle to prioritize colon health can help with regularity, constipation, and fatigue. According to the American Cancer Society, one in 22 men and one in 24 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime. Taking care of your colon is important in an attempt to prevent colon cancer.
March is National Colorectal Awareness Month. Colorectal cancers are the third most common type of cancer diagnosis, when you exclude skin cancers, and affect both men and women at nearly equal rates. As we dive into this topic, there is both good news and bad news to share.
The good news first!
- According to the American Cancer Society, the death rate and the rate of diagnosis of colorectal cancer has been dropping for decades! This is likely due to better treatment options and an increase in preventative screenings.
- Although many in their early stages, more and more research is being conducted on developing alternative and effective colorectal cancer screening options (like blood tests).
- The incidence of colorectal cancers for those over the age of 50 is decreasing.
- You have the choice to adopt healthy habits that may help reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer.
Prevention has been on many minds these days in relation to COVID-19. People have been "masking-up" for months, been vigilant about handwashing, and keeping appropriate "social distance" from others. It is amazing how quickly people adapted their lifestyles to prevent the spread of this disease. Just as COVID-19 has taken far too many loved ones this year, cancer also affects a massively large population annually, and there are steps that can be taken to help prevent cancer.
According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2020, an estimated 1,806,590 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 606,520 people will die from the disease. Studies done by the American Institute of Cancer Research have shown that up to one third of the most common cancers in the United States are in fact preventable. While it’s impossible to prevent all cancers, it’s important to know how you can reduce your risk factors.
The heart is the workhorse of the body. Based on averages, most of our hearts will provide us with about 3 billion beats in a lifetime. The heart is one hard working muscle. Just as we take care of our muscles after a tough workout with ice, heat or a good stretch, there are also ways we can take care of our heart. In honor of February being American Heart Month, here are a few strategies that can help you take good care of that hard-working heart!