10 Risk Factors for Colon Cancer
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. As with most cancers, early detection is the key to colon cancer survival. Dr. Brett Inglis, gastroenterologist with Nashville Medical Group’s Center for Gastroenterology, urges patients to know their risk factors:
· Are you over 50 years of age?
· Do you have a personal history of colon cancer or polyps?
· Have you experienced long-standing inflammatory diseases of the colon?
· Has a parent, sibling or child been diagnosed with colon cancer?
· Do you lead a sedentary lifestyle: getting physical exercise (walking, jogging, etc.) less than twice each week?
· Do you have diabetes?
· Would you be considered obese?
· Do you smoke?
· Do you consume large amounts of alcohol?
· Have you ever had radiation in the abdominal area to treat cancer?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may want to consult your physician to discuss these important warning signs. Answering yes to one or more of these questions does not mean that you will develop colon cancer, but your risk may be higher than average.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Inglis, call 615.284.1450. For more information about colon cancer, visit https://www.sths.com/Pages/Medical-Services/Cancer/Types-of-Cancer/Colon-Cancer.aspx.