Mercy, Hy-vee Ask: How Well Do You know Your Colon?

Get it now. Mercy, Hy-Vee Ask: How Well Do You Know Your Colon? Free Event Saturday, March 8 at Hy-Vee will have experts and cooking demonstrations to spread awareness about colon health, cancer prevention Article | | By Jennifer Davidson (Image credit: Wikimedia commons) Mercy and the American Cancer Society are partnering with supermarket Hy-Vee to host a free, Know Your Colon event tomorrow, Saturday, March 8. Its an effort to educate the public about colon health and cancer prevention. KSMUs Jennifer Davidson spoke with a local specialist about what it means to Know Your Colon. Deaths from colon cancer are on the decline in America and yet, its still the third leading cause of death in the US, according to the American Cancer Society. First, an anatomy refresher for those of us who didnt go to medical or nursing school: the colon is the first 4 to 5 feet of the large intestine, and the rectum is the last several inches. Experts say that many people with colon cancer, or colorectal cancer, wait until the symptoms startand by that time, it may be too late. Dr. Davd Cozzi specializes in gastroenterology at Mercy Hospital Springfield. For what we call average risk patientsmeaning that they dont have a family [history] or personal history of colon cancer, or colon polypsthose folks should get their initial colonoscopy, for African Americans at age 45, and for others at age 50, Cozzi said. People with colon cancer may or may not see the symptoms at first, Cozzi said. Usually, the most common symptom that will bring folks to get a colonoscopy for concerns of colon cancer are rectal bleeding, and sometimes weight loss, Cozzi said. But early detection is the key, he said, because polyps can be removed early, and those polyps are what can turn into colon cancer in the future, Cozzi said. Colon cancer screening often comes with more than just one colonoscopy, he said; if you have polyps found, of if you have a family history of colon cancer, you should have regular interval screenings. But people younger than 45 can take preventative steps through what they put in their mouths: food. Its really recommended that you have a good, well-balanced diet with a high-fiber diet. read full article