Press release from Jackson Hospital below:
Jackson Hospital Promotes Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Jackson Hospital and the American Cancer Society are once again sponsoring FREE screenings kits to be given out every Thursday in March in the hospital lobby from 10am – 12pm.
Link between Colon Cancer and Lifestyle
According to the American Cancer Society, several lifestyle-related factors have been linked to colorectal cancer. In fact, the links between diet, weight, and exercise and colorectal cancer risk are some of the strongest for any type of cancer. So it might be time to start paying closer attention to lifestyle habits.
- Certain types of diets: A diet that is high in red meats (beef, lamb, or liver) and processed meats such as hot dogs, bologna, and lunch meat can increase your colorectal cancer risk. Cooking meats at very high heat (frying, broiling, or grilling) can create chemicals that might increase cancer risk. Diets high in vegetables and fruits have been linked with a lower risk of colorectal cancer.
- Lack of exercise: Getting more exercise may help reduce your risk.
- Overweight: Being very overweight increases a person's risk of dying from colorectal cancer.
- Smoking: Most people know that smoking causes lung cancer, but long-time smokers are more likely than non-smokers to die of colorectal cancer. Smoking increases the risk of many other cancers, too.
- Alcohol: Heavy use of alcohol has been linked to colorectal cancer.
- Diabetes: People with type 2 diabetes have an increased chance of getting colorectal cancer. They also tend to have a higher death rate from this cancer.