UConn Health Minute: Understanding Colon Cancer

Proactive Prevention: How Regular Screenings and Lifestyle Changes Can Reduce the Risk of Colon Cancer

Carolyn Pennington – Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine

Colon cancer is a major killer, but it’s preventable with regular screenings and lifestyle changes. Dr. Alyson Cunningham, colorectal surgeon at UConn Health, explains that by undergoing regular screenings and making necessary lifestyle changes, individuals can greatly reduce their risk of developing colon cancer.

Dr. Cunningham emphasizes the importance of regular screenings for early detection and prevention of colon cancer. Through screening tests such as colonoscopies, healthcare providers can detect and remove precancerous polyps before they develop into cancer. This proactive approach to screening is crucial in reducing the overall incidence of colon cancer.

In addition to regular screenings, Dr. Cunningham advises making lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of colon cancer. This includes maintaining a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, as well as engaging in regular exercise. By adopting a healthy lifestyle, individuals can further reduce their risk of developing colon cancer and improve their overall health.

Overall, Dr. Cunningham stresses the importance of taking proactive steps to prevent colon cancer. By undergoing regular screenings and making lifestyle changes, individuals can significantly reduce their risk of developing this deadly disease. It is never too early to start taking steps to prevent colon cancer and protect your health.

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