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HOW YOU CAN HELP PREVENT
Your Self chec Keeping Healthy Guide
Colorectal Cancer is one of the most easily detected, preventable and curable forms of cancer when caught early. A colorectal screening can find polyps, a small clump of cells that forms on the lining of the colon that can be removed before it turns into cancer, and cancer when detected early, that has the best chance of being cured.
What to do
If you have a family history of colon cancer, many African Americans especially do, please ask your doctor about starting your check-ups earlier than noted here. If you have no family history,beginning at age 50, follow these guidelines:
Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) should be done annually.
Flexible Sigmoidoscopy should be done every 5 years.
Colonoscopy should be done every 10 years. You need to talk to your doctor about this procedure to ask if you should have one earlier.
You need to clean your colon out to have a colonoscopy. Not a terrible process when you think about the meal you’ll have afterwards. Besides, it’s nothing compared to getting colon cancer. The actual test is fast and painless. Quick Tip: After your colonoscopy,take the rest of the day off and do something pleasurable.
Follow the guidelines above and view the video below to learn more and become more personally health proactive. It’s time.
Katie couric’s colonoscopy video
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