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Dr. Deepti Kallam Explains What Patients Can Do To Lower Their Colorectal Cancer Risk

Irving, Texas – May 14, 2020 –Most colorectal cancers begin as abnormal growths within the rectum or colon. The polyps can stay in the colon for years before turning into cancer. Colorectal cancer may not present symptoms in the early stages.If precancerous polyps in the colon are pinpointed and removed early, the patient will be free from colorectal cancer.

“Although there’s no guaranteed way of preventing colorectal cancer, there are things you can do to lower your risks,” explained Dr. Kallam. “Regular screening and making lifestyle changes are some of the most effective ways of reducing your risks of developing the disease.”

Here are actions you can take to lower your risk for colon cancer:

  • Get screened–Colorectal cancer screening options are many. For example, a colonoscopy can help the doctor check your whole colon and rectum and, at the same time, remove any cancerous or precancerous tumors. There are many other screening options too, so discuss with your doctor to help determine the right screening option for you. Screening guidelines recommend you should start screening at age 50.
  • Take aspirin – A randomized study suggested that taking aspirin daily can reduce your risk for colorectal cancer by 20%. However, before using aspirin, you should weigh the benefits and risks with your doctor. Aspirin is known to cause ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding.
  • Make healthy choices–Good dietary habits can influence your colorectal cancer risk. You should avoid consuming red and processed meat, minimize alcohol consumption, quit smoking, eat more fruits, vegetables, and enough calcium and vitamin D, and increase your regular physical activity as well. Also, make sure you maintain a healthy weight.

“Colon cancer risks can be prevented by having screening tests regularly and making simple lifestyle changes,” continued Dr. Kallam. “But before taking any action, allow your doctor to help you determine the best way to lower your risk based on your health and other factors.”

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