Saturday, March 3, 2012

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month!

Just a quick FYI- This is colon cancer awareness month! There are so many reasons why this is important... first, this is NOT an old person disease. You don't have to be over 50 to get colon cancer... I was 22! I know others who were 17, 20, early 30s, etc. Listen to your body and look for symptoms... but also know that many people have no symptoms, so know your family history! Second, colon cancer should NOT be considered an "embarrassing" disease or a taboo topic. It's a disease people! Anyone can get it! Old, young, fat, skinny, male, female, it doesn't matter. It needs to be talked about more. Why does breast cancer get all of the awareness? All the pink ribbons and pink products... where is the blue?? When will it be popular to support colon cancer awareness? I haven't heard ONE thing on the radio or TV about this being colon cancer awareness month. (And as a side note, I have many friends with breast cancer and they are just as sick of the everything pink movement as everyone else is... simply because it has become less and less about breast cancer and more about a fad). Third, you can eat healthy and get diagnosed with colon cancer. A big myth is that everyone with colon cancer has a horrible diet... it's just not true. When I was diagnosed I was a vegetarian and never ate out. I cooked everything from scratch and only ate 100% natural and organic foods. Yes diet is important in prevention, but don't automatically assume that someone's diet is bad and that's why they got this disease.

Get screened people! If I can have a colonoscopy every 6 months then you can certainly have one every 2-10 years, or whatever your doc has suggested. Just do it!

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