I just heard the extremely sad news of Robin Gibb’s advanced colorectal cancer. I know this blog is usually pretty light-hearted and flippant, but this topic is one that I can get behind — especially as my two topics (food and exercise) can have positive or negative indicators for most types of cancer.
In my day job as a PR coordinator at a hospital, I frequently promote health screenings and health education. Just last week, a local oncologist talked about the importance of screenings in preventing cancer deaths. In case you didn’t know, colon, rectal and colorectal cancer are some of the most preventable cancers. Because of the length of time it takes to develop these cancers, 10-15 years in most cases, regular screenings can mean the difference between life and death in many people. According to the American Cancer Society, people at average risk for colon, rectal or colorectal cancer should begin screenings at age 50. Continue reading