It's October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when everything seems to turn pink. But we are gastroenterologists, so what is the link?
Both breast and colorectal cancers have a risk factor in common - obesity, and that is not all; having a sedentary lifestyle and eating a high fat/low fiber diet are linked to developing both types of cancers. Taking control of these lifestyle factors is not easy, but it is important. How can you get started? Try these easy steps:
- If you work at a desk all day, take regular breaks to stand and move around
- Take a walk - for 30 minutes, 4-5 days per week
- Add color to your plate - make sure that you are eating a variety of vegetables and some fruits everyday
- Choose chicken and fish more frequently than you choose red meat
- Drink plenty of water everyday
- Get screened! If you are 50 years of age or older you should schedule your screening colonoscopy. Early detection is the key to the cure. We are an open access clinic - which means you do not have to have a refferal from your primary care physician to make an appointment with us. Call or use this appointment request form today!