How to Prevent Colon Cancer

Screening is key to prevent colon cancer.

Prevent Colon CancerIncidents and death rates from colorectal are on the decline. Much of this is due to the realization that proper screening is key to prevent colon cancer. By finding a colorectal cancer earlier, you can prevent colon cancer from growing and spreading to other areas of the body. If a polyp, which eventually will form into a cancer, is found the chance becomes much better to prevent colon cancer at all.

Colorectal cancer is a cancer that affects people regardless of race, age or socioeconomic status and by having better awareness about colorectal cancer, you can prevent it because colorectal cancer is largely preventable simply by undergoing a screening test.

Christopher Lieu, MD:  So one of the things that we do know is that the incidents and death rates from colorectal cancer have been decreasing, particularly over the last decade and I think this is in largely in part to better screening.

By actually finding a colorectal cancer earlier, you can prevent death from colorectal cancer, and if you can find a polyp which eventually will form into a cancer, you can prevent having colorectal cancer at all.  I think one of the major factors in terms of better screening is simply better awareness and this is where an organization like Chris4Life has become so important in terms of getting the word out there that colon cancer is a very real problem.

Colorectal cancer is a cancer that affects people regardless of race, age or socioeconomic status and by having better awareness about colorectal cancer, you can prevent it because colorectal cancer is largely preventable simply by undergoing a screening test.

There are certainly steps that you can take to prevent colorectal cancer which includes eating a healthy balanced diet and exercising at least a 150 minutes every week, but still the best way to prevent colorectal cancer is by screening and one of the things that has made a biggest difference in terms of making people aware of colorectal cancer and the importance of screening was honestly Katie Couric getting a colonoscopy on national television and its amazing as physicians, we talk about screening kind of forever, but actually having that kind of awareness and advocacy simply from Katie Couric has made a big difference in terms of people being not only aware of colorectal cancer, but often times preventing it.

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Christopher Lieu
Dr. Lieu joined the University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty as an Assistant Professor in July 2011. He trained in internal medicine at the University of Colorado, where he also served as a Chief Medical Resident. He completed his fellowship training in medical oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and served as the Chief Medical Oncology Fellow in 2010.


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