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Stopping Smoking Helps Reduce Risk of Colon Cancer

Stopping Smoking Helps Reduce Risk of Colon Cancer

When it comes to smoking cessation, all the talk is usually about heart and lung health. And while that's with good reason, it's worth mentioning that stopping smoking can also help prevent colon cancer.

Smokers run a higher risk of developing colon cancer, and they also have higher risk of dying from the disease. And while nonsmokers are advised to begin getting colon cancer screenings after they turn 50, those with a family history or other risk factors should be screened more often, and usually earlier. Smokers fall into that category due to their higher risk.

In fact, here are some serious numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Of the top 10 cancers that affect men, three involve the digestive system or its accessory organs. Those are colon and rectal cancer, cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx and pancreatic cancer.

So if you didn't make a New Year's resolution to stop smoking, why not backtrack and put it on the list? Also, ask your physicians if your cigarette habits means you need to schedule your screening colonoscopy. Your entire body will benefit almost immediately, and your overall health and wellness will be boosted in the days, months and years to come.

posted on February 19, 2013 in news