LA CROSSE, Wis. ― Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse will light its Cancer and Surgery Center on West Avenue in royal blue the evening of March 4 in recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Colorectal cancer is the third-most diagnosed cancer in the U.S. and will account for more than 40,000 deaths this year, according to the American Cancer Society. There is reason for optimism, as cancer screenings, lifestyle changes and added awareness can reduce the risk for colorectal cancer.
"Finding colon cancer at its earliest stage provides the greatest chance for a cure. Screening has been shown to reduce your risk of dying of colon cancer," says Daisy Batista, M.D., chair of Gastroenterology at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. "For people with average risk, screening begins around age 45. However, people with an increased risk should be screened sooner."
- Eat your veggies and healthy fats. People who eat high-fiber diets and consume healthy fats, found in olive oil, avocados and nuts, are less likely to develop the disease.
- Exercise. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days of the week.
- Watch your weight. Extra pounds increase your risk for colon cancer.
- Limit alcohol and do not smoke. No more than one alcoholic drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men. If you smoke, quit.
- Follow screening guidelines that are right for you based on your age, risk factors and family history.
Find out more about colon cancer.
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Press ContactRick Thiesse