|Alexis Ayonote, MD, FACP||Michael Uzer, MD|
Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and rectum) is the second leading cancer killer among men and women in the U.S. (after lung cancer). And yet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 60 percent of these deaths could have been prevented with regular screenings.
Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. However, many people who are at risk for the disease are not being screened according to national guidelines. Many people are afraid of the procedure, but there’s really no reason to be SBL Gastroenterologist Alexis Ayonote, MD, said. “It’s well worth the time and any possible inconvenience to have the screening. Too many people think ‘I’m healthy so I don’t need to do anything.’ The message is don’t wait until you’re sick and having symptoms to be screened. Colorectal cancer is a very preventable disease,” he said.
Have a Healthy Colon
Raise the Roughage
Eat more foods with fiber – fruit and vegetables in a variety of colors. Doctors recommend five or more servings a day.
Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.
Exercise regularly - at least 30 minutes most days of the week.
If you are over 50, talk to your doctor about a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer.
To learn more about colonoscopy and other services provided by the Gastroenterology and Special Procedures Department, call (217) 258-4155. Appointments with our Gastroenterologists by referral from your primary physician only.