There are only a couple of parts of our body that we don’t like to think about or talk about to anyone. One is our colon. Who likes to talk about how their bowel movements are or if they have had a colonoscopy? Not too many people.
But not talking about or getting the proper screenings lead to disease and death. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and a leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people of all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.
The good news? If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Faith Communities, faith community nurses, health professionals and families can work together to encourage people to get screened.
Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries uses this month to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and take action toward prevention. Good colon health begins with an awareness that each of us can make a difference. All it takes is spreading the word and putting into practice a few simple health routines.
Here are some easy changes to make for good colon health:
- Encourage eating five fruits and vegetables a day. The fiber contained in naturally occurring fruits and vegetables is key to good colon health.
- Drinking at least 8 – 8 ounce glasses of water a day. Keeping one hydrated, decreases constipation and bowel irritability.
- Encourage activity – exercise may help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
- Talk to others about the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 50.
Good overall health makes colon health easier. Staying active, drinking fluids and eating a healthy diet are keys to prevent colorectal cancer. Screening is essential. So have your colonoscopy done! Your colon will thank you.