Colorectal Cancer Screening

Did you know colon cancer is the fourth most common cancer diagnosed and the third leading cause of cancer deaths? It is also one of the most preventable cancers when caught early.

If you are currently experiencing rectal bleeding, stomach pains or cramps that don't go away, you should see your doctor right away.

Who's at risk for colorectal cancer?

Every man and woman is at risk, however, there are some factors that increase your risk:

  • Race - African Americans have the highest death rate from colorectal cancer of any racial or ethnic group.
  • Family history - a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps increases the risk of cancer. Those with a history of inflammatory bowel disease may also be at a greater risk.
  • Diet - a diet high in fat, especially from animal sources such as red meat, can increase your risk.
  • Lifestyle - use of cigarettes or other tobacco products, physical inactivity and alcohol consumption can increase your risk.

One way to decrease your colorectal cancer risk is to eat a diet that is high in fiber. You may want to try this great high fiber snack recipe.

Oatmeal Crunch Snack Mix

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3-4 cups Oatmeal Squares Cereal
  • 2 cups of dry oatmeal
  • 1 cup Craisins

Melt butter and mix in honey, brown sugar and cinnamon until well blended. Stir in cereal and oats until mixture is well coated. Bake at 275 degrees for 45 minutes. Be sure to stir the mixture every 15 minutes while baking. When done, remove from oven and stir in Craisins and let cool. Enjoy!