March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US, and more commonly affects seniors aged 50 and over. It is important to understand your individual risk factors and schedule regular screenings. Talk to your doctor about how you can stay informed and take steps to maintain your health. The following are tips from the American Cancer Association for seniors how to maintain a healthy colon.
Schedule regular screenings and checkups. Talk to your doctor about what screening tools, including colonoscopy, that may be right for you. Regularly scheduled screenings help you to stay informed of your health and to catch and signs of precancer polyp growth.
Increase your daily activity. Exercise to improve your gastrointestinal health and promote regularity. According to the American Cancer Society, being overweight is a risk factor for colorectal cancer in both men and women. Find gentle movements that you can incorporate into your daily routine such as walking, yoga or water aerobics.
Choose a fiber rich diet. Including fiber such as fruits, vegetables and grains in your daily diet and reduce the amount of red meat and processed meat such as sausage or lunch meats in your diet. Limiting processed meats and red meats may lower your risks.