Any time is the perfect time to talk your physician about life-saving screeningif you’re between 50 and 75 — or younger if you’ve had inflammatory bowel disease or have a strong family history of the disease or of pre-cancerous polyps. While colonoscopy is the most common test, there are several other options, and your doctor can help you determine which is right for you. There’s no time like the present to get serious about colorectal cancer prevention by getting regular exercise, losing any excess weight you’re carrying, limiting alcohol consumption, not smoking, eating a nutritious diet that includes fresh fish and lots of vegetables and fruit, and minimizing red meat, unhealthy fats, and excess salt all help reduce your risk. If that’s too ambitious a list, take small steps toward each with the support of family, friends, and health professionals.
“Colonoscopy! 'My Linda' would want you to schedule yours today.” Jerry Vandeveer, Fort Wayne Businessman