March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. We want to spread a little awareness about the Colon and why it is important to take care of it and get regular Cancer screenings. The colon is part of the large intestine, and its main purpose is to complete the digestion process – moving liquids and food after their nutrients are absorbed by the small intestine. It is said good health starts in the colon, yet each year thousands of people are diagnosed with Colon cancer. Let’s start taking control of our health, and let’s begin in the most unlikely place: The Colon.
Here are some fun facts about the Colon:
- 40% – 70% of the immune system is found in the colon
- 95% of the body’s serotonin is secreted in the gut
- You can live without a Colon (but would you really want to?)
- An estimated 1 trillion organisms –known as gut flora – live in the Colon
The not-so-fun facts about colon cancer:
- Each year 100,000 people undergo a colostomy due to a functional breakdown in the colon
- Smoking increases the risk of colon cancer
- Vitamin D can help prevent Colon cancer. Spend at least 30 minutes in the sun each day or take supplements
- Everyone should have regular colon screenings, but if you are over the age of 50 it is EXTREMELY important.
- Watch your weight and work out- excess fat creates harmful toxins
- Watch your salt intake – studies have shown this can DOUBLE your risk for colon cancer
Help spread the word about Colon Cancer this month! Call our offices today for a screening, especially if you are o50 years or older. Your health depends on it so don’t wait!