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Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.—and it’s largely preventable. To protect yourself from this deadly disease, there are things you can do today.
Here, Sashidhar Reddy, MD, an oncologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Garland, shares his tips for keeping your colon healthy for the long run:
Eat a healthy diet. “Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains to get in lots of healthy fiber and phytonutrients,” Dr. Reddy says. “And limit meat, dairy and refined foods.”
Stay active. “Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. Studies show that being physically active consistently over a decade can reduce your risk of colon cancer death considerably,” Dr. Reddy says.
Get screened. “Work with your doctor to determine a screening schedule that’s right for you, then follow through on it and get your colonoscopies on time,” Dr. Reddy urges.
“Colonoscopy can not only detect colon cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage, but can remove dangerous polyps that can become cancerous down the road.”
Take these tips to heart. Then, share them with your loved ones.
There’s never been a better time to get proactive about your health. Today is the day to stop putting off that colonoscopy. Take our colorectal cancer risk assessment, then call 1.800.4BAYLOR for a referral to a physician on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White – Garland today.
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