Cancer, Colon Cancer, Prevention and Wellness

If you’re trying to prevent colon cancer, start with lifestyle, diet changes

The old saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but the effects of a healthy diet and lifestyle go way beyond a yearly trip to the doctor’s office and can help prevent colon cancer. Diet, exercise and lifestyle have been shown to help reduce the risk for several diseases, including colon cancer…

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Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, Health Equity, Norton Community Medical Associates

Recommended colon cancer screening for African American men

Colon cancer is a treatable cancer, especially if it is caught in the early stages. Screening saves lives every year. Steven Patton, D.O., family medicine physician, Norton Medical Group, wants African Americans to know that they can benefit from colon cancer screening beginning at age 45. Why should African Americans make this cancer screening a…

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Cancer, Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, Prevention and Wellness

Cómo facilitar la preparación de la colonoscopia

This story is also available in English La preparación para una colonoscopia no es nada de lo que haya que temer. Considere que se trata de una buena limpieza sin el dolor o las sensaciones desagradables que puede relacionar con la diarrea. La planificación anticipada facilitará la preparación de la colonoscopia. La limpieza del colon…

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Cancer, Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, Prevention and Wellness

Colonoscopy age dropping from 50 to 45 for most

The recommended age for colonoscopy and other colon cancer screenings is increasingly considered to be 45 for those at average risk, five years earlier than the previous guidance. The risk of developing colon cancer is lower in adults under 50, but recent trends have shown that risk increasing, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task…

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Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, Prevention and Wellness

How much does a colon cancer screening cost?

The American Cancer Society recommends that people at average risk of colorectal cancer begin regular screening at age 45. People at higher risk for colorectal cancer should talk with their doctor about whether starting screening earlier might be right for them. While you may know that you need a colorectal cancer screening, you may be…

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Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, Lung Cancer, Prevention and Wellness

Here’s how cancer is detected and a guide to catching up

Perhaps you put off cancer screenings over the past few years. Delays of just a few months in detecting various forms of cancer can make treatment more difficult and reduce chances of survival. Here’s a guide to tests that can detect cancer and who should get checked when. Breast cancer Mammogram — an X-ray of…

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Cancer, Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy

Why get a colon cancer screening if you don’t have a family history?

Health providers like to know what medical conditions your blood relatives have had. Called a family history, it can help your provider know what conditions you might be at risk for. Family history is just one of many risk factors for any number of conditions, including colon cancer. Some risk factors can change. These include…

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Cancer, Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, Gastroenterology, Prevention and Wellness

Colonoscopy prep options: They’ve gotten easier

Maybe you’ve heard a story that you’ll have to drink some kind of awful-tasting liquid, and then you’ll be in the bathroom all day and night. Maybe you’re afraid colonoscopy prep will be so bad you’ll feel sick. Whatever rumors you’ve heard, the truth is that colonoscopy prep options have gotten much easier in recent years,…

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Cancer, Colon Cancer, Gastroenterology, Prevention and Wellness

African Americans at higher risk for colorectal cancers, but screenings lag

According to the American Cancer Society, African Americans have the highest rate of death and the shortest rate of survival for colorectal cancer. In fact, African Americans are 40% more likely than other groups to die from colon cancers, and 20% more likely to get colon cancer in general. When detected early with proper screening,…

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Cancer, Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, Prevention and Wellness

While we’re all trying to stay safe at home, Cologuard is a colonoscopy alternative

If you’ve been trying to stay home more and are putting off your colonoscopy, consider Cologuard or a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) to catch colon cancer early while it’s still very treatable. A colonoscopy is the best way to detect colon cancer and allows the surgeon to remove any polyps or tumors. If you’ve been…

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Cancer, Colon Cancer

Colon cancer takes life of actor Chadwick Boseman

News of actor Chadwick Boseman’s death at age 43 came with the announcement that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and it had progressed to stage 4. The actor, who so nobly depicted Jackie Robinson in “42,” James Brown in “Get On Up,” Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall” and T’Challa in “Black Panther,” kept…

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Colon Cancer

Convenient colon screenings on weekends

Kentucky has the highest rate of colon cancer in the nation. Yet one-third of adults are not getting screened as recommended. Norton Healthcare is taking steps to address a big barrier that keeps many people from getting a colonoscopy. For the past two years, Norton Healthcare has offered Saturday hours once per month for colonoscopy appointments….

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