Early detection through colon cancer screening is one of the best ways to prevent colon cancer from advancing. Dignity Health Southern California hospitals, located in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and San Bernardino, provide high-quality screening for finding colon cancer in its early stages. Our specialists can perform a colonoscopy or other screening tests commonly used to catch colorectal cancer.
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Begin Screening to Help Prevent Colon Cancer with Dignity Health Southern California
Your doctor can determine the best time to start cancer screening tests. Although anyone can get colon cancer, some people are at a much higher risk for developing the disease.
Some factors that increase the likelihood of getting colon cancer include:
- 50 years of age or older
- A a history of inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis
- A family history of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer
- Type 2 diabetes
- Gene mutations or genetic syndromes
- African-American race
These characteristics are not a comprehensive list of the known risk factors for colon cancer. It’s best to share your personal and family medical history with a doctor at Dignity Health Southern California to learn when it’s best to undergo cancer prevention screenings.
Colon Cancer Prevention Diet & Lifestyle
Color cancer prevention starts at home with a healthy lifestyle. Many of the causes are controllable and preventable. Along with regular screenings at a Dignity Health Southern California hospital, making small changes with food, diet, and exercise can reduce the chances of developing colon cancer.
Our experts recommend you make these lifestyle changes to lower your risk of colon cancer:
- Eat a balanced diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains.
- Drink alcohol in moderation.
- Quit smoking.
- Do moderate-to-vigorous exercise most days of the week.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
If you want to begin preventive measures or aren’t sure when to start screening for colon cancer, schedule an appointment at a Dignity Health Southern California hospital. We can discuss your risk factors and the different screening methods for the prevention of colon cancer.
Dignity Health can detect cancer early by providing colon cancer prevention services in Southern California.