Ask Our Expert: Reduce Your Colon Cancer Risk
Colon cancer, also called colorectal cancer, is the second deadliest cancer in New York City, killing approximately 1,400 New Yorkers every year.
John Trillo, MD, Director of Gastroenterology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island, offers tips on how to reduce your risk for colon cancer.
- Get a colon cancer screening if you are between the ages of 50 to 75. A colonoscopy, one of the most effective and common screening methods, detects more than 95 percent of early colon cancer. The procedure also prevents colon cancer because a doctor can remove polyps (small growths) that may develop into cancer if left alone. Click here to learn more about colonoscopy and other colon cancer screening tests offered at NYC Health + Hospitals.
- If you smoke, take steps to quit. Not only is smoking a major cause of lung cancer, but it is also closely linked to other forms of cancer, including colon cancer. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. NYC Health + Hospitals can help you quit for good. Click here to learn more about the comprehensive treatment available for New Yorkers looking to quit smoking.
- Eat healthy foods and watch your weight. Think of the food you eat as the fuel your body needs to stay healthy and fight disease, including colon cancer. Be sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. Limit fatty and sugary foods. Whether you are looking to lose weight or eat better for your health, nutrition experts at NYC Health + Hospitals can help. Click here to find a patient care location near you.
- Move more. Exercise can help you lose weight, reduce stress, and fight disease. Try to move for at least 30 minutes at least five days a week – take a dance class, bike to work, or find a workout video online. Shape Up NYC offers free, weekly fitness classes at dozens of locations in all five boroughs. Visit Shape Up NYC to find an exercise class that’s right for you.