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Sutter Coast Physician Offers Health Tips During Men’s Health Month

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Sutter Coast Hospital | 0 comments

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer diagnosed and the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., according to the National Cancer Institute. A. Richard Adrouny, M.D., oncologist at Sutter Coast Hospital, provides his recommendations on ways to reduce your risk.

Richard Adrouny, M.D., oncologist at Sutter Coast Hospital

According to Dr. Adrouny, several lifestyle-related factors have been linked to colorectal cancer and making a few changes to your habits can help protect your health.

Schedule a Screening
“Regular screening is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer,” says Dr. Adrouny. “Your risk of colorectal cancer goes up as you age. Younger adults can get it, but it is much more common after age 50.”

The American Cancer Society recommends men and women at average risk should start screenings at the age of 50. People with an increased risk, such as family history, should be screened earlier and more often.

Incorporate vegetables and fiber into your diet
Diets high in vegetables and fruits, and natural whole grain fibers have been linked with a lower risk of colorectal cancer. Consider avoiding highly processed meats and high fat meals on a regular basis as these have been proven to potentially raise your colorectal cancer risk. If you do eat these foods, try to eat them in moderation.

Dr. Adrouny says the most important thing you can do regarding your diet is to instill good eating habits and healthy behaviors early in life and early in the lives of your children.

Maintain a healthy weight
Being overweight (especially having a larger waistline) raises the risk of colon cancer in both men and women. “I tell my patients not to think about dieting, but to focus on eating smaller food portions and focus on losing the weight around their mid-section,” said Dr. Adrouny.

Don’t Smoke
Smoking is a risk factor for colon cancer as well as a contributor to heart disease, lung cancer, emphysema and a host of other dangerous conditions. Quit as soon as you can, for your health and the health of your family.

Know the Signs
Dr. Adrouny suggests you see a doctor if you display any of the below warning signs:
• Notice Bleeding or changes in bowel habits
• Abdominal pain
• Development of anemia can also be an indicator

If you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including either ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, your risk of colorectal cancer is increased. Inflammatory bowel disease is different from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which does not increase your risk for colorectal cancer.

Know your family medical history
While most people diagnosed with colorectal cancer have no family history, as many as 1 in 5 people who develop colorectal cancer have other family members who have had it. A parent or sibling with this type of cancer can increase your risk.

If you have a family history of adenomatous polyposis or colorectal cancer, talk with your doctor about the possible need to begin screening before age 50. If you have had adenomatous polyps or colorectal cancer, it’s important to tell your close relatives so that they can pass along that information to their doctors and start screening at the right age.

Expanding local, specialty care for cancer
Sutter Coast Hospital continues construction on the new infusion center that will allow our patients to receive specialized cancer care close to home. The new 6,000 square-foot infusion center will be a part of a comprehensive facility on the Sutter Coast campus. The new infusion center will feature nine large infusion bays and an oncology clinic with two exam rooms. The center was designed to ensure that the unit will provide a comfortable and calm environment for our patients to receive care. The infusion center is expected to open later this year.

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Sutter Coast Hospital | 0 comments