Dr. Charlie Seltzer was recently interviewed by Shannon Jackson, The People’s Nurse. Together they discussed Colorectal Cancer Awareness and how with proper screening this disease is preventable.
The cells in the colon go from healthy to pre-cancerous to cancerous. These cells can be detected in screens as polyps prior to becoming cancerous and there are often no symptoms which is why screening is so important. If you do start noticing changes in your bowel movements such as diarrhea, blood in your stool, or stomach pain it is important you consult your doctor.
Typically, you will want to start your screening at the age of 45 however it might be earlier depending on your medical history. A few modifiable risk factors include.
- Excessive Alcohol Use
Start by making small changes and moving forward from there. Be realistic with yourself and your goals to help set yourself up for better success. Listen to Dr. Charlie Seltzer and Shannon Jackson’s full interview below!