Colon cancer is almost completely preventable with screening, but according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1/3 of adults are not getting the recommended screening. Many people are uncomfortable discussing bowel movements and anxious about the prospect of a colonoscopy, which may lead them to ignore symptoms. “You shouldn’t die from embarrassment,” is the message from Dr. Zuri Murrell, a colorectal surgeon at Cedars-Sinai. That being said, it’s also very important to understand you should never feel guilty about the fact that you got cancer. It’s nothing you did and no diet could have prevented it. There are many doctors, like Dr. Murrell, who believe it’s necessary to rattle the cages to make people aware of the critical importance of screening, especially among some population groups who are at higher risk for the disease.
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About 10 percent of colon cancers develop because of an inherited genetic mutation. The major sub-types of hereditary colon cancer are called familial adenomatous polyposis – or FAP – and Lynch Syndrome.
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